Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
"A butterfly species equipped with tiny ears on its wings can distinguish between high and low pitch sounds, possibly as a way to listen in on nearby birds, new research suggests."
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Ah, the praying mantis. Of course we know better than to assume the head is always bitten off the hapless male (for the essay, click here). Still, it is an amazing feature of their life, een if not so common
And then, the bees. We haven't delved much yet in to the world of social insects, but this is a nice intro and refers to the odd ends males will go to in securing their paternity (another gruesome death included)
And check out the rest of organisms in the Green Porno features as well!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
A missile wing commander at North Dakota's Minot Air Force Base was relieved of command for a loss of confidence in his command abilities following a series of recent incidents that included the rollover of a semi-trailer carrying missile parts, an accident caused when the driver tried to swat away a large insect that had landed on his back"
I was at the store yesterday and came across a interesting food item in the frozen section...giant water bugs.
Yep! The Golden Pacific Market was selling these lovelies for $3.28 for a pak of four. The Filipino checkout lady said to smother them in chili paste, the stock boy (Thai) said instead to grill them, crush them, and mix them in scrambled eggs)
I don't know where these bugs came from (could be North American) as there was no sort of label on them. Still, I think I'm going to try the scrambled egg option....
Monday, October 12, 2009
As We've been discussing the "Gliding Hypothesis" for the origination for insect flight, including gliding ants, it seemed only right to mention "Birdmen."
And what are they? Much like a flying squirrel, these folks have membranes they use to glide, and at VERY high speed - rather than of of trees, off of mountain tops (pictured below).
60 Minutes recently did an extensive video segment on them, which is worth watching. I don't use the word "crazy" very often, but this might fall under that category. Beautiful, amazing, crazy.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Mabe you don't even need a whole orgnanism to do good biodiverstiy sampling?
This is what researchers analysing windshield and bumper splats on cars are considering as they posit the possiblity that the organisms that cars hit on roadtrips may provide an ecological sample of the kind and abundance of organisms in an area.
This paper is more about proof-of-concpet that concerned with insects per se, but they did find that Flies and Bugs were the vsat majority of what the cars caught, and that indded, differnces in fuana could be detected on cars taking differnt routes... a start (albeit grisly) to another avenue of research....
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I opened my iGoogle page today, which has various web sites feeding into it daily.
One such feed I have is WikiHow, where two How To's appear. And what were they today?
It makes a point to say:
"Also note that if you eat crawfish or clams (i.e. worms in shells), this isn't really much different."
Unfortunately, the accompanying video is less-than-amazing, perhaps they need Martha Stewart on this beat.
Here is the link to the WikiHow page.
And of course, a link to the Small Stock/Land shrimp project of David Gracer.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Another trip to Chevalier Woods on a much sunnier day found us among many more butterflies and dragonflies than the week before, and even a cicada! Here is one in a jam (in a jam jar).
And just a couple other moments caught:
Daniel got a nice Odonate here...
Meanwhile, I spied some moths-a-mating. I used to mate Eastern Black Swallowtails by hand for research purposes - better & easier if you can leave them to it.
This milkweed bug had dressed gotten rid of its old clothes in a molt and was looking very pink as it waited quietly for its exoskeleton to harden up again
Andrea managed to net a beautiful monarch, handling it expertly,
And this time too, some cute little snakes here and there...
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I thought I should share.