Two cool Kenyan long horned beetles

These two huge long horned beetles caught my attention in Kenya but I couldn’t identify them (no key to use). So if you know, comment below! I was trying to pose this guy with various sized sampling tubes for scale but he would not cooperate haha…gotta love that leopard print though! The long horned beetles […]

House geckos in Kenya

Look at these amazing feet. This is how geckos can run along ceilings Mandatory TED talk Close up on the beautiful eye I’ve seen house geckos on four continents now (Australia, South America, North America, Africa). However, Kenya (and sub-Saharan Africa in general) is their native range! We were all quite fond of the geckos […]

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Holy crap this Hercules beetle pupa is awesome: https://imgur.com/H6dR7XG If you’re an anti-vaxxer, read this! (you can read also if you believe in vaccines, for reaffirmation): http://imgur.com/gallery/IwDF7 I keep telling people not to eat mouldy bread, but they don’t believe me.  NPR is on my side, though: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/21/523647669/is-it-safe-to-eat-moldy-bread Oh NPR…PLEASE DON’T CALL CATERPILLARS “WORMS”: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/25/525447206/a-worm-may-hold-the-key-to-biodegrading-plastic […]

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New mollusk found!  Cool!  Of course, there’s a symbiosis involved, with chemosynthetic bacteria.  Mutualisms are the coolest: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/04/17/scientists-find-giant-elusive-clam-known-as-the-unicorn-of-mollusks/ Stinky orchid shuts down flower show: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-stinky-bucky-bulbophyllum-orchid-shutdown-smithsonian-greenhouse-180962924/ Water striders are cooler than you think: http://blog.nature.org/science/2017/04/10/7-cool-facts-water-striders-skippers-pond-skaters-weird-nature/ This is a pretty and peaceful video about the sights and sounds of a typical New York forest: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/videos/watch-how-a-forest-changes-over-a-year The amazing Dutch […]

Life on Enceladus?

NASA recently released the news that there are hydrothermal vents in a great ocean beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus. The exciting thing about this is that hydrothermal vents beneath Earth’s ocean are the home to non-photosynthetic based ecosystems; in other words, hydrothermal vents on Earth give rise to chemoautotrophic life. And to […]

Bees are vegan wasps…except these bees

When I’m talking to a broad audience of people who may or may not have experience with bees, I generally introduced them as “vegan wasps”. From an evolutionary perspective, this is true: i.e. bees are wasps that started collecting pollen instead of insect prey as the main protein source to provision their offspring. It also […]