These are photos from the beginning of June, but I am just now getting around to posting them. Back to Howth because I had two very dear friends visit from North America. These are my pals that gave me an honorary Canadian citizenship, complete with a mini Canadian flag, a stuffed moose, and pure maple […]
This is a really interesting article, but I resent the implication that ecologists don’t pay any attention to evolution. Of course we do! Like what is this crap in a Nature article: “Ecologists have generally ignored evolution when studying their systems; they thought it was impossible to test whether such a slow process could change […]
I’ve posted about some of the delightful arthropod pets that live in my office before, but we’ve had some adorable additions that I thought I would share. We now have seven tarantulas…here are the ones that were cooperating: Fine, DON’T cooperate! See if I care! We also have a scorpion: And predatory stink bugs (Euthyrhynchus […]
This charismatic beetle can be seen on the first, early warm days of spring. It buzzes low to the ground and sounds and looks like a bumblebee. People often mistake it for one! A bee-mimicking beetle! My excellent friend, who is a great entomologist, caught the beetle bare handed and brought it home with us […]
Today is Halloween, so I thought I’d post something creepy crawlie…then I realized that I pretty much always post about creepy crawlies. This is certainly not my favourite holiday (I’m not a fan of gore), but it is fun to be in an Entomology department at this time of year. We are having a party […]
Yesterday I wrote about some unusual insect orders, but even within the familiar orders, there are some strange insects. For example, the fly order contains things like: Bat Flies are “flattened, spiderlike flies without eyes or wings” (source: wikipedia) and they are parasites of bats. They are rarely found elsewhere. Carnid flies are another creepy […]
So cute… You might also like Julia, the stick insect!