Myrmecos

Archives for August, 2009

This week, Public Radio International is hosting a forum whereby you- the fine people of the General Public- get a chance to converse online with eminent entomologist May Berenbaum about all things DDT. The forum accompanies a piece from last week’s “The World”.  For background, you can read Berenbaum’s recent Washington Post essay about the…

In a rare bit of good environmental news, herpetologist extraordinaire Rich Glor travels to Haiti in search of a potentially extinct Anolis lizard and finds a pair of surviving populations.

A British film crew is in Arizona to film “Planet of the Ants,” a National Geographic Television documentary about the picnic-spoiling arthropods. The filmmakers, who shot in Phoenix and Tucson over the past couple of weeks, are now in the town of Portal, near the New Mexico border, until Wednesday, when they’ll head back to…

New Species: Pheidole bigote

Doesn’t “bigote” mean “moustache” in Spanish? Why, yes.  It does. Pheidole bigote Longino 2009 Chiapas, Mexico The inimitable Jack Longino published a taxonomic paper today on the Central American Pheidole, including descriptions of some 23 new species.  Among these is the marvelously moustached P. bigote.  The function of the fantastic facial hair remains unknown. source:…

A piece of cooperative art

Here’s a novel use for an ant photo.  German designer Beat Hintermann induced a party of wedding guests to individually color in squares from one of my images of fighting Odontomachus.  The pieces were then assembled as a gift to the happy couple.  Both, I’m told, study the aggressive interactions of ants. Love can arise…

Ant Metamorphosis

Here’s an image for the textbooks: Ants, like butterflies, pass through egg, larva, and pupa phases on their way to adulthood. While in Florida earlier in this summer I found a nest of the twig ant Pseudomyrmex gracilis with brood present in all stages, providing the material to make these images. The key was placing…

Filming Ants in Arizona

What was I doing in Arizona last month? Thanks for asking.  I was helping a film crew wrangle harvester ants for an upcoming National Geographic documentary.  The crew, an all-star cast of nature cinematographers including Martin Dohrn, Howard Bourne, and Gavin Thurston, is still in the field- you can follow their progress by blog. The…

Look!

Myrmician, whose lovely aussie ant photos have been livening up the pages of Flickr, has started a blog.  Go read!