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BL Wildlife Portrait Winners

The Burrard-Lucas brothers held a wildlife portait competition, and the results are simply spectacular.  Click here to see the winners.

Photo Synthesis

Myrmecos seems to have caught the eye of the editors at ScienceBlogs, and I’ve been contracted to inaugurate a new photography site for their network.  Photo Synthesis will be a rotating showcase of science imagery: The internet is home to a wealth of captivating science images, from the many microscopic components of a cell to…

The latest upload concerns three species in the subfamily myrmicinae that have been traveling about the globe with human commerce.  Solenopsis geminata, the tropical fire ant, is the most worrying of these tramps, but the other two, Pheidole moerens and P. obscurithorax, are rather poorly known and probably merit more study than they receive.  Click…

New Insect Wallpapers

I’ve created a set of desktop wallpapers to fit the newer 1680 x 1050 widescreen monitors. To put any of the following on your desktop, click on the image. Once the large version loads to your browser, right-click and select “Set as desktop background.”

A Directory of Friday Beetles

I’ve posted enough Friday Beetles that I can no longer remember which species I’ve already done. Some species were almost posted twice out of sheer forgetfulness.  Must be the academic scatter-brain. So to keep them all straight I’ve made a list.  This is mostly for my own good.  In any case, here is the Friday…

Priacma serrata – Bleach Beetle California Priacma serrata is an enigmatic insect from the conifer forests of western North America and is one of a handful of species belonging to the relictual beetle suborder Archostemata.  It is often thought of as a “living fossil”, bearing a strong resemblance to the earliest known beetles that pre-date…

Big Sister, Little Sister

Leafcutting ants of the genus Atta have perhaps the most complex caste systems of all the social insects.  Mature colonies contain millions of workers of varying shapes and sizes.  Here are two sisters from opposing ends of the spectrum. photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D ISO 100, f/13,…

Lonely

Birth of a parasite

A young adult Comperia merceti, a parasitoid wasp in the family Encyrtidae, emerges from the egg case of its cockroach host. photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D ISO 100, f/11, 1/200 sec, flash diffused through tracing paper

Brian Taylor’s “Ants of Africa”

I am still working through the South African ant photos I took this July.  Progress is slow.  I’m not terribly familiar with the African fauna, and the species have to be keyed out and checked against the literature so I can post images with the proper identification. All the same, I’m not 100%. What I’ve…