Archives for November, 2007

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    If I had to pick a favorite myrmicine ant, I’d go with the heavily armored Neotropical genus Cephalotes. These arboreal ants are typically thought of as rainforest canopy dwellers, but we have a desert species here in Arizona, Cephalotes rohweri, that is the northernmost species in an otherwise tropical genus. They nest in…


Matt Dowling’s Ontogeny Blog welcomes me to the blogosphere. Thanks Matt! ***update*** Hey, I’ve drawn the attention of The Ant Room, too!

A comment on slowing insects by chilling

Once, I showed the above photograph to an expert on ground beetles. His only comment: “That looks dead”. It wasn’t dead, I had merely stuck it in the fridge to cool it down enough to sit still for a shot or two. I had spent the previous 20 minutes chasing the darn thing around the…

Birth of a Silkworm

details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens, f/11, 1/200 sec, with diffuse flash.

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