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Scientists turn moths gay to save crops

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  1. Is this a belated Apple’s Fool? (see what I did there?) ;)

  2. Where can I get some of that spray? I hope Sainsburys put that on the shelves.

  3. It’s not really turning them gay, is it? They’re still attracted to what they /think/ is a female, it just… isn’t. If Tricia Helfer turned out to be male, I don’t think all the male Battlestar Galactica fans in the world would instantly say, “Oh well, I must be gay then.”

  4. LOL…

    Can’t wait to hear what the Vatican says about this.

  5. Vincent Poffley 13 Apr 2010, 12:01pm

    Hopefully they will develop a version for humans which can be used to solve the world’s rampant population crisis. Though it’d be best if it was only used on beautiful people – the ugly ones won’t be reproducing anyway!

  6. No matter what they do to try and reduce the number of this moth, they’re still messing with nature which is a bad idea, the resulting decrease in the population of the codling moth could affect other areas of the foodchain. For example, there will be less food for birds and will most likely cause a fall in their population. This is a horrible plan

  7. BrazilBoysBlog 13 Apr 2010, 1:00pm

    @6 Someone asked what the Vaticans view on this would be….and there we have it! Wow, no condoms for the moths!

    This will NOT mean ´less food for birds´ as they will just eat something else.

    However, if this IS as effective as the scientists seem to think, then perhaps we should employ the services of a crop duster to low-fly the Pope and his entourage when they visit the UK? :-)

  8. @Greg lol get over your self ! XD

  9. Does this mean that the “Moth-Balls” hanging in the closet are Gay?

  10. I hope this works on humans too =]

  11. Was going to say maybe they need to spray it round the Vatican but maybe thats an image too much…

  12. Jean-Paul Bentham 13 Apr 2010, 3:37pm

    “Alan Stubbs, chairman of conservation charity Buglife, said ­said he approved of the method.”

    That’s good enough for me…but I wouldn’t say the moths have engineered to be gay… sounds like the Twilight Zone.

  13. i dont think thats right to do that or that it would actually work properly, its like putting chanel 7 on men so that ‘straight’ men will sleep with them …

  14. A GAY Spray! Perhaps Calvin Klien could market it as a new aftershave? Can you imagine runing aorund the changing room of the England Rugger Team spraying like mad(!) :-)

  15. Oh Mike, thank you, thats an image I can get along with…. lol

  16. The boids dont eat codling moths anyway as they are vile and make the boids vilontly ill. They are covered in a sort of silicon like powder which is unpalatable to the birds……………

  17. Some nightflyers will seek out and eat te larvae however. Their main predator is earwigs though.

  18. @Kaz – “For example, there will be less food for birds and will most likely cause a fall in their population.” – the article says that currently the method used is pesticide to kill the pests, which also kills other insects. So this plan – moths not killed, no other insects killed, = more bird food. Also, all food we eat, plus most things humans do, involves “messing with nature”, even if you’re eating organic.

    @james “i dont think thats right to do that or that it would actually work properly” – I’m gonna presume you’re not a scientist or conservationist, and trust those who are.

    ALSO: the story is really funny. Can we do the same for mice and cockroaches to stop them breeding everywhere please? Much better idea than attempting to kill those that are already alive.

  19. GayTalkRadio 14 Apr 2010, 1:53pm

    hmm. I guess being gay isn’t a ‘choice’ for moths huh? All kidding aside, I’m with #3. it’s not really turning them gay. Come on people, you don’t think pheromones are used for humans? I’d be shocked if that was the case. But no matter what our noses say, most humans are so brain washed (from birth) it doesn’t matter how good another person smells. If they aren’t the ‘correct’ gender nothing else really matters.

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