Myrmecos

Archives for October, 2009

Gigapan Ants

Gigapan is a technology that stitches together hundreds of individual images to form a massive single image.  It’s hard to appreciate its power from just the small SEM image shown above, but if you click on the photo you’ll be able to zoom to a marvelous level of detail. More clickable gigapan ants below the…

Name That Ant

Over at the Ant Farm Forum they’re having another round of Name That Ant: Lodge your answer here. While I’m on the topic of the Ant Farm Forum… The internet strikes me as a tremendous boon for ant enthusiasts.  Anting is not one of those hobbies like, say, model rocketry or gardening, with sufficient interest…

Trophallaxis

Formica obscuripes Trophallaxis- the social sharing of regurgitated liquids- is a fundamental behavior in the biology of most ant colonies.  One ant approaches another, asks for a droplet of food, and if her partner is willing the two spend anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes in what is best described as a myrmecological…

This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen all week: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T1vfsHYiKY]

Where to for National Geographic?

National Geographic remains the world’s premier showcase of nature photography. But I often wonder for how much longer. It is easy to maintain a virtual monopoly on high quality imagery when camera equipment and publishing are expensive and require a highly specialized skill set.  But neither of these things is true anymore.  Professional-quality photo equipment…

New Species: Tetraponera merita

Tetraponera merita Ward 2009 is one of many aculeate species described in the pages of a new festschrift honoring Roy Snelling.  I can’t link to it, unfortunately, as the festschrift is printed the latest issue of the paper-only Journal of Hymenoptera Research. All the same, if you can get your hands on a copy the…

The ant invasions continue…

In the past week: Solenopsis invicta reaches Missouri Wasmannia auropunctata reported on Maui

Scarites sp. Ground Beetle (Carabidae) Urbana, Illinois As the summer bug season freezes to a close here in Illinois, our attention turns increasingly to the cryptic habitats where insects settle in to overwinter.  The flowers have faded, but insects can still be found under tree bark, in rotting wood, and in leaf litter.  This ground…

Tick

It’s Thursday night.  Here’s a tick: Photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 50D ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, flash diffused through tracing paper

Health Care Reform and Photography

Every year my part-time photography business does a little better than the year before.  A few new clients, a few new venues, a few more visitors to my web sites.  It’s not a meteoric rise by any measure, but considering the current economic situation I am counting my blessings. Naturally, of course, when business is…