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Hello ScienceBlogs!

For a second time, that is. Some of you may remember me from Photo Synthesis, where I guest blogged for a bit a year ago. I am happy to be invited back to the borg! Myrmecos is not a new blog. Rather, we have been over at WordPress since 2007. I say “we”, because the…

Anatomy of an Error

If you’ve been following the Taxonomy Fail and subsequent Myrmecology Win, you’ll know that the real Fail was my own. That blurry mash of legs and cuticle is indeed an ant, and I missed it. That I failed to discern an ant in the original image doesn’t bother me. After all, the photo was the…

Saturday Links

We’re hosting a party for the roller derby girls, so I’m otherwise preoccupied today. Help yourself to some links, though: Mark Moffett, the quintessential National Geographic bug photographer, has a new ant book. Margaret Atwood (yes, that Margaret Atwood), reviews E. O. Wilson’s novel. Carl Zimmer suffers genome fatigue. Mantis shrimp glow in the dark.…

Answer to the Monday Night Mystery

What was that dashing bug in pastel colors? As so many of you picked, it’s a palmetto planthopper. Order: Hemiptera Family: Flatidae Genus: Ormenaria Species: rufifascia Points are awarded as follows:

The Nature Blog Network is the web’s largest congregation of natural history enthusiasts and one of the finest places to find new bloggy reading. This week NBN interviews me as part of their Featured Blog series: What’s the best thing about blogging? Blogging is instantaneous. I can respond to new scientific papers as I read…

An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles #1

The inaugural blog carnival celebrating the Beetles is now online- go see!

Answer to the Monday Night Mystery

I am impressed. Several of you* figured out the mystery behavior: reflex bleeding, a defensive response employed by some arthropods with especially nasty hemolymph to deter predators. A couple of you even pegged the identity of the mystery arthropod, a blister beetle in the genus Epicauta. Here’s the uncropped photo: Five points each to Tim,…

Ants in the spamoverse

It’s no secret to anyone with an email inbox that the real internet is shadowed by a fake internet. The fake internet is full of fake blogs, fake web sites, fake discussion forums, and fake emails.  All full of real links to real companies who pay someone money to increase their visibility by gaming the…

Look out, world!

James Trager is blogging.

Myrmecos Blog at Two Years

Myrmecos Blog appeared online two years ago today.   While I’m obviously the guy writing most of the posts, the reason we’re still on the air isn’t me and my bloviating.  It is all of you guys- the readers, the guest bloggers, the commentators. Without the life provided to the site by the many participants,…