Myrmecos

Archives for May, 2008

…continue to accumulate poignant stories. Go read.

30 years ago, biologists thought they’d solved one of Darwin’s thorniest problems, the evolution of sterile social insects:

I wanna work in THIS lab…

…the one that studies how Gomez works. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceX71za3GhY]

Cymatodera sp. Checkered Beetle (Cleridae) Arizona photo details: Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens on a Canon 20D f/16, 1/250 sec, ISO 100, indirect strobe in a white box

Odontomachus coquereli – Madagascar Myrmecology continues to lead the way in online taxonomy. Today saw the release of the very first taxonomic paper published by the top-tier open access science journal, PLoS One. Brian Fisher and Alex Smith combine alpha taxonomy with DNA barcoding to produce a revision of the Malagasy trap-jaw ants. The revision…

She ate Nothomyrmecia?

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As if we didn’t already have enough pest ants to worry about, here is a relatively new one. The rover ant Brachymyrmex patagonicus, a tiny South American species, has been working its way under the radar across the southern United States. Its presence is now large enough that pest control companies are reporting a sudden…

Centruroides sculpturatus – Arizona Bark Scorpion I have a hard time getting worked up over stuff that happened 25 years ago. But here’s something that still angers me every time I think of it. One of those educational safety movies we were shown back in grade school- you know, the “Stop-Drop-and-Roll” variety- presented the dangers…

What Christopher says.

This basic photo of a harvester ant carrying a seed took an hour and a half to capture. 150 exposures. The problem wasn’t that the ants weren’t behaving, but that it took nearly an hour of experimentation to get the simplicity of composition I had envisioned when I set out on the project. Few of…