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Our buddy at Neatorama posted this over the weekend and I thought we'd add some factlets to it:

Despite appearances, this is not a hummingbird -- it's a moth in a year-round Halloween costume, the "hummingbird hawkmoth." This little guy:

  • can visit 100 flowers in five minutes in search of nectar
  • makes an annual migration across the Alps (if he's from Southern Europe -- the species is found all over the Northern Hemisphere in the summer)
  • hums as he beats his wings, the better to imitate a hummingbird

The HHm has an equally odd relative called the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth -- but the person who submitted the picture after the jump calls it a "lobster bug." Check out why...

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From What's That Bug?:

"Last night, after 2 years of desperately trying to describe and/or photograph one, my husband finally caught a glimpse of the mysterious 'Lobster Bug' I have been raving about, and he was able to get a photo of it with his new camera. ... The 'lobster bug' tail was just like a real lobster tail - shaped like an open fan (note the segmented tail, like a lobster tail, even on this one). I don't know why this one is so colorful or brush-like on the tip. ... They're about 1 to 1.5 inches long, so the photos are deceptive. Think moth -- not bird, for size estimates. It's sitting on my butterfly bush, so those masses of flowers beneath it are really quite small. My husband was astounded when he saw it, and I'm just glad to finally have proof. He thought it might be a baby hummingbird because it is sucking nectar, but it is a bug for sure. Look at the legs, and wings. It is not a bird -- of any kind. It's a bug."

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked
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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"
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