Myrmecos

Archives for December, 2007

The Rogue Taxonomist

Warning: long ranty post to follow. Taxonomy is an unusual discipline in the balance it strikes between legal and scientific concepts. There’s the obvious biology bit about discovering and defining taxa, but unlike any other science there’s a backbone of legalistic code that regulates the dynamics of names. If you’re the sort who really digs…

Bug Dreams…

In an earlier post about flash diffusion, I wrote about camera flash being a necessity of the trade-off between depth of field and shutter speed. Most insect photographers- myself included- work hard to improve the depth of field in our photographs, trying to bring as much of our diminutive subjects into focus as possible. This…

New Species: Technomyrmex fisheri

Technomyrmex fisheri Bolton 2007 Madagascar, line drawing by Barry Bolton Last month, British myrmecologist Barry Bolton published the first ever global synthesis of the ant genus Technomyrmex. The tome describes 37 new species, including Technomyrmex fisheri from Madagascar, named after Brian Fisher of Antweb. I’m always keen to try out new taxonomic keys, so I…

Things to come…

Light posting over the last couple days, I’m afraid. Our kitten Mingus came down with a little kitty fever this morning of 106º (That’s 41ºC for the Fahrenheit- impaired) and is spending the night in the pet hospital, enough of a distraction to derail my blogging schedule. Don’t despair, though, there is freshy bloggy material…

Flash is a necessary evil in insect photography. This necessity is due to two unfortunate traits shared by most insects: small size and stubborn unwillingness to sit still for the camera. These traits confound each other in a way that renders insect photography uniquely challenging. Small subjects need to be close to the lens, placing…

Saguaro

The Saguaro might, one could fancy, be a tree designed by someone who had never seen a tree. -Donald Culross Peattie, 1950

Qu’est-ce que c’est?

Zut alors! This blog seems to have developed a following of Frenchmen. The shame of it is, I studied French for 5 years in High School and don’t remember a word of it. The French ant-enthusiast forum Acideformik looks like a fine place to hang out on the intra-webs. Most online myrmecology forums are populated…

AAAHHH!!! A BEE!!!

Bombus impatiens details: Canon 100mm macro lens on a Canon 20D bees on plain white paper f/14, 1/250 sec, ISO 100 Canon 550EX speedlite flash, bounced off white paper levels adjusted in Photoshop

New Species: Idioneurula donegani

Idioneurula donegani Huertas & Arias 2007 Huertas, B. and J. J. Arias. 2007. A new butterfly species from the Colombian Andes and a review of the taxonomy of the genera Idioneurula Strand, 1932 and Tamania Pyrcz, 1995 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae). Zootaxa 1652: 27-40. The online journal Zootaxa has hosted the publication of 6723…

Aglyptacros sp., Tiphiid wasp, California details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon D60 wasp on plain white paper f/13, 1/200 sec, ISO 100 MT-24EX twin flash diffused through tracing paper levels adjusted in Photoshop