Archives for December, 2008


photo details: Canon 65mm MP-E 1-5x  macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, flash diffused through tracing paper

The coming apocalypse

There are days when I wish I hadn’t read Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything. Today is one of them.

2008: The Year in Ants

Another year passes.  The economy is in the toilet.  Violence spreads in the middle east.  In these trying times, one question must weigh on the minds of concerned citizens: “What’s happening in world of ant science?” Of course.  Here are the myrmecological highlights of 2008:

Sunday Night Movie: Nucu For You Too

[youtube=] Starring Jack Longino and filmed by Michael Branstetter.  Mmmmm…..

This morning I was picking through recent ant literature for a 2008 myrmecological retrospective post when I stumbled on this little gem. Why do autumn leaves change to such striking colors?  Kazuo Yamazaki thinks it’s all about the ants: Therefore, bright autumn leaves may have adaptive significance, attracting myrmecophilous specialist aphids and their attending ants…

My apologies for the lack of blogging the past few days.  I’ve been taking some time away from posting for the holidays, but I’ll be back next week.  In the meantime, here’s a Pasimachus ground beetle… photo details: Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D ISO 100, f/18, 1/250 sec, indirect strobe…

Sunday Night Movie: Mouse Agility


Happy Holidays!

The Best of Myrmecos 2008

In an earlier post I listed my favorite insect images of the year taken by other photographers.  Now it’s my turn.  Here is the best of my own work over the last 12 months.

Pacific Invasive Ants

This just in:  Eli Sarnat’s “Pacific Invasive Ants” website is up.  It’s got something for everyone: fact sheets, videos, keys, links.   Eli’s got an eye for design, too, so the site is aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate. (postscript:  yeah, yeah.  Pacific Disturbance Specialist Ants.  I know.)