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Craig McClain talk at Sigma Xi

Although I’ve known Craig McClain for a few years now, both online and offline, I only had some vague ideas about what kind of research he is doing. I knew it has something to do with the Deep Sea and with the evolution of body size, but I did not know the details. So, when…

What bug is this?

A reader sent me this picture, asking for an ID – it was taken in upstate New York:

At the NC Museum of Natural Sciences: What’s Bugging You? Animals We Love to Hate Wednesday, September 30, 2009 8:00 – 10:00 am with discussion beginning at 9:00 followed by Q&A Location: The Acro Cafe – 4th Floor of the Museum of Natural Sciences Fire ants. Mosquitoes. Flies. Ticks. Gnats. Bed Bugs. The list goes…

A couple of German bloggers and I went to see the Butterfly House on the Island of Mainau. They had good cameras with lenses that allowed them to take extreme close-ups. I had to do with a little pocket camera, but a few pictures turned out decent enough to show:

Name this Bug!

I am pretty sure it’s a true bug (i.e., I am not being sloppy by calling just any ole’ insect a bug). I got as close as I could with my iPhone, but the lighting was bad. This is on my porch and the bug is really large – about 1 inch in length of…

Most people are aware that social insects, like honeybees, have three “sexes”: queens, drones and workers. Drones are males. Their only job is to fly out and mate with the queen after which they drop dead. Female larvae fed ‘royal jelly’ emerge as queens. After mating, the young queen takes a bunch of workers with…

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Long-time readers of this blog remember that, some years ago, I did a nifty little study on the Influence of Light Cycle on Dominance Status and Aggression in Crayfish. The department has moved to a new building, the crayfish lab is gone, I am out of science, so chances of following up on that study…

Bizarre Squid Sex (no video)

In National Geographic: A new investigation into the tangled sex lives of deep-sea squid has uncovered a range of bizarre mating techniques. The cephalopods’ intimate encounters include cutting holes into their partners for sex, swapping genders, and deploying flesh-burrowing sperm. These and other previously unknown reproductive strategies were documented in a survey of ten squid…

27 Best Deep-Sea Species, take two

The list is now final. Here are the top 13: #13 Deep-sea corals #12: Yeti Crab #11 Venus’s Flower Basket #10: Echinothuriid Sea Urchins #9: Bathynomus, the GIANT ISOPOD!!!! #8 Red Lure Jellyfish #7 Predatory Tunicates #6: Giant Sea Spiders #5 Barreleye Fish #4 Gold-Footed or Scaly Foot Snail #3 Flesh Eating Sponges #2: Bone-Devouring…