Myrmecos

Archives for June, 2009

Ants of Archbold

The Archbold Biological Station hosts 100+ species of ants.  Here are a few of them.

For those of you accessible to central Illinois, I will be hosting a free insect photography workshop next Sunday at the University of Illinois Pollinatarium.  The workshop is offered in celebration of the 3rd annual National Pollinator Week. Details are as follows: Insect Photography Workshop Free to the public 2:00 pm, June 28th, 2009 at…

I spent last week in central Florida at the Archbold Biological Station. Archbold preserves 5,000 hectares of Florida sand scrub, some of the last remaining patches of an ecosystem now largely lost to agriculture and strip malls.  The sand scrub is an odd place, a fossil beach from when sea levels were high enough to…

A conversation with Bert Hölldobler

So when we say ants can teach us something, it’s not that we should all aspire to live like an ant. That would be horrible. What ants can teach is that networks of labor distribution, where communications are good and where each group’s work benefits the other, are effective. Read the whole thing at the…

Opisthius richardsoni is a broad, flat ground beetle common along river banks in the colder regions of western North America. photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f13, flash diffused through tracing paper

Quiz #2 – Answers

1. Temnothorax curvispinosus 2. Polyergus sp. nr. breviceps 3. Aphaenogaster tenneesseensis (queen) 4. Aphaenogaster fulva/rudis complex 5. Camponotus pennsylvanicus 6. Pyramica reflexa

Velvet Mite

I don’t photograph all that many mites, but if these miniature arachnids are your thing you should visit Macromite’s amazing mite blog. photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 50D ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f13, flash diffused through tracing paper

Quiz #2

As in the previous quiz, these ants are all found in Illinois: #1

Predator vs Harvester

A recent study by Gabriela Pirk in Insectes Sociaux provides me with an excuse to share this photo: Pirk et al examined the diet of both Pheidole species in the Monte desert of Northern Argentina.  Why would someone spend time doing this?   Ants are important dispersers of seeds, and these Pheidole are two of the…

Sunday Night Movie: Silly Walks

A classic: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZlBUglE6Hc]