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The U.K.-based film company Ammonite has been blogging their ant-filming experiences in Costa Rica and Spain. The glamor of making nature documentaries apparently includes skin parasites and volcano-related travel limbo. The journal Myrmecological News has a trio of new articles, including descriptions of two new myrmicine species. Ted MacRae thinks ant taxonomy is entirely too…

Answer to the Monday Night Mystery

The magical mystery lump from last night? As many astute readers noted, they are insects in the enigmatic order Strepsiptera.  They live as parasites in the bodies of other insects. Considering the host species (Isodontia mexicana, a sphecid wasp), the streps are probably in the genus Paraxenos.  Here are a couple more shots:

Stick Insect Photo Gallery

I’ve created a new gallery to hold my photographs of stick insects.  Check it out here: Stick Insect Photos

Monday Night Mystery

What’s going on here? Five points for naming the organism, and five points for the behavior.

From the amazing BBC series Life in the Undergrowth: [youtube=]

Monday Night Mystery

What’s this charming creature? Ten points for the first person to get the family name right, too.

hexapod haiku

fierce competition on wings and chitinous legs: hexapod haiku!

Finding Termites on Google Earth

Central Illinois still resembles the frozen lifeless tundra, so to get my bug-hunting fix I’ve been surfing about on Google Earth. Here at -13.066783, 130.847383 I’ve found something: Australia’s magnificent magnetic termites. The green things are trees, but the little black pimply bits?  Those are the termites.  On the ground they look like this: Why…


This looks fun: image source

Mark this on your calendar: February 27 is the 27th annual Insect Fear Film Festival. Hosted by the entomology graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the festival showcases two (usually terrible) arthropod movies.  This year’s delectable offerings are The Black Scorpion (1957) and Ice Crawlers (2003). If bad movies aren’t your thing,…