Myrmecos

Archives for January, 2008

Friday Beetle Blogging: Moneilema

“I went out collecting with Albert Way of Trinity, who in after years became a well-known archaeologist; also with H. Thompson, afterwards a leading agriculturalist, chairman of a great railway, and a Member of Parliament. It seems therefore that a taste for collecting beetles is some indication of future success in life.” – Charles Darwin…

Parasite turns ants fruity

Here’s a story about a parasitic nematode that turns black ants into ripe red berries. What’s this about? The parasite needs to get its eggs from an infected ant to healthy ants. Apparently it hasn’t been successful the old-fashioned way, just broadcasting its eggs about the environment. Instead, these little worms have figured out a…

Sorry for the light posting…

…we had to move across town this weekend. The new house is not yet configured for internet, so it may be a few days until I’m back on track. In the meantime, here are some links to keep you entertained: Asian Myrmecology, a new ant journal! The first volume is open-access. An ecological menage a…

My, what pretty eyes you have…

Mallophorina sp. – Robber Fly Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon D60 f/13, 1/200 sec, ISO 100 Flash diffused through tracing paper levels adjusted in Photoshop

Creative Commons and Photography

People occasionally ask why I don’t assign my photos a Creative Commons license. Dan Heller explains. And adds a horror story here. The short of it is, while Creative Commons was established with the best of intentions it is easily abused in the photographic setting. Users unknowingly open themselves up to large legal risks, and…

Ants and Plants Gallery

Common caricatures of Darwinian evolution evoke nature as a brutal force, one of ruthless competition in which the strongest prevail. In truth evolutionary processes can be much more nuanced. Under a wide array of conditions, species find Darwinian advantage in cooperative relationships. Some of the most striking cases of evolutionary partnerships involve the planet’s dominant…

In the comments, James Trager brings to our attention his recent synonymy of the venerable Formica nitidiventris with Formica pallidefulva. This is one of the most common ants, and in my opinion one of the prettiest, in eastern North America. Many of us from the east learned of this ubiquitous species incorrectly as F. nitidiventris,…

Need Money Fast?

Apparently, there are people on the internet willing to pay you to not kill the ants in your yard. The site “Adopt an Ant” explains: Well my name is Tony and I have recently moved into my new home. After moving in I have seen there is a large ants nest at the bottom of…