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Monday Night Mystery

Ok, bug experts. Who is this charming little insect? Points will be awarded for the first correct guess: five for family and five for genus. The cumulative points winner for the month of July will win either 1) any 8×10 print from my insect photo gallery, or 2) a guest blog post on the (safe-for-work)…

Our garden bees, photographed yesterday evening: As you may have noticed, in painting our hives we’ve eschewed the standard hive whitewash in favor of pleasing pastels. But we’ve got nothing on the hive art produced by other beekeepers on the web. Below the fold is a selection of my favorites:

Ouch.

I woke up to the shocking discovery that I’ve been turned into some sort of Zombie: The great thing is, I seem to attract more ants this way. With any luck I’ll get silphids, too. (artwork by Joseph Hewitt, creator of Gearhead)

Monday Night Mystery

Something took a bite out of this leaf: What was it? Three points for the taxonomic order of the culprit, five for family, and two for explaining the natural history. Points are awarded only for the first correct guess in each category. And maybe some extra ones if you get creative with the natural history.…

Monday Night Mystery

[the following is a guest post from Rob Mitchell] Hi folks – Rob Mitchell here, guest blogger extraordinaire and your temporary replacement for Alex while he celebrates a recent age-related milestone. My job tonight is to provide you entomology sleuths with a mystery, so take a look here at exhibit A: Who is this gangly…

Monday Night Mystery

Tonight’s challenge is this rather unusual insect. What is it? Points will be awarded to the first person to pick the order (3), family (3), and genus (3). Plus, a bonus point for explaining what is unusual about this insect’s life cycle. The cumulative winner for the month of June 2010 will get their choice…

From the clever UK children’s series Smalltalk Diaries:

Speed was essential to scoring points in yesterday’s istockphoto taxonomy fail challenge. Commentator JasonC replied within minutes of the original posting with 8 answers correct to the appropriate level and is awarded 8 points. RobM and MarekB also picked up a point each for adding identifications of the Syrphid and the fire ant male. Correct…

Mystery #1 I admit, I like to pick on iStockphoto, the pioneering company behind the high volume/low cost microstock model of media licensing. There’s nothing wrong with microstock. After all, the thriving web-based market for cheap images is a ripe opportunity. But buyers get what they pay for, and they should be aware that a…