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NOVA follows the Monarch Migration

Tomorrow’s NOVA on PBS covers the great orange butterflies on their migration to Mexico: Orange-and-black wings fill the sky as NOVA charts one of nature’s most remarkable phenomena: the epic migration of monarch butterflies across North America. NOVA’s filmmakers followed monarchs on the wing throughout their extraordinary odyssey. To capture a butterfly’s point of view,…

E. O. Wilson writes fiction…

…and it’s about ants, of course: The Trailhead Queen was dead. At first, there was no overt sign that her long life was ending: no fever, no spasms, no farewells. She simply sat on the floor of the royal chamber and died. As in life, her body was prone and immobile, her legs and antennae…

Saturday links

Christopher Taylor on the evolution of insect wings Get your fix of the Daily Parasite. Remember Phase IV, the classic ’70s ant sci-fi film?  You can now watch the entire movie online. Macromite is back. Entomologists telling jokes, at Bug Girl’s blog.

Saturday links

Benoit Guenard notes that 2009 was a busy year for new ant genera The NCSU insect blog has moved to a new URL: Bug Girl blogs snow fleas This is an amazing wasp xkcd shows the difference between movie science and real science Also, this: [youtube=]

Rare amber ants on ebay

Here’s something unusual for the well-financed collector: Paraneuretus, an extinct genus from a nearly extinct subfamily of ants.  This pair of fossilized worker ants is selling on ebay today for over $400. Out of my budget for these sorts of things. Most amber ants up for auction belong to common extinct species: Azteca, Tapinoma, Camponotus…

The Best of Myrmecos 2009

Earlier I listed my pick of the best insect photos of the year taken by other photographers. Now it’s my turn. In 2009, I snapped 8000 exposures to produce 805 processed, saleable images of live insects. Below are my favorites.

The annual Entomological Society of America meeting is next week (Dec 13-16) in Indianapolis.  I’m giving two presentations- one on Pheidole and one on Heterospilus– that the sadistic conference organizers scheduled for the very last day when no one is around.   So if you are attending and happen to miss your flight out, consider heading…

Bug-Blogging Galore

Over at IB401, the entomology students are blogging faster than a swarm of locusts in a candy shop*: Caterpillars I have known Beetle’s Threat to Baseball Ants on Stilts Pink Mantids! Keeping a Praying Mantis Fig Wasp Beats Deforestation Hungry Crickets Drop by and leave them some comments! *or, whatever.

Stories of Ants

I’m busy today with lab work.  But if you need an ant blog fix, let me point you in the direction of “Historias de Hormigas” (“Stories of Ants”).  It’s a Spanish blog by José María Gómez Durán, and the current entry is an amazing series of action shots documenting an ant-hunting Crabronid wasp.

A storm of bug bloggers

The students of IB 401: Introduction to Entomology here at UI have started a bug blog, and they’ve taken to it like…um… belostomatids to water. Go pay them a visit and leave some comments.