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Answer to the Monday Night Mystery

Who was that dashing ant of mystery and intrigue? Tetramorium simillimum is a small myrmicine that has tramped around the globe with human commerce, quietly inserting itself into native ecosystems. Like most insect species, little is known about its behavior or its interactions with other species. JasonC gets a clean sweep: ten points for correctly…

A few dead insects…

I had an assignment this weekend to shoot preserved insects as if in a museum display collection. Dead bugs aren’t normally my thing, but there’s something to be said about subjects that stay put and allow me to arrange lighting without scurrying off. I pinned the insects in foam-bottomed trays and reflected the strobe off…

Haiti

I don’t have anything to add about the horrific earthquake that hasn’t already been said elsewhere. But, I’ve added a donation button to the right sidebar for Doctors Without Borders, an excellent non-profit group already working in Haiti when the quake hit. They are apparently operating out of makeshift clinics in the absence of functioning…

More CombineZP

Heterospilus sp., undescribed species, Costa Rica click to view the original image I’ve been playing around a bit more with the freeware program CombineZP, and I thought I’d share this image of one of the wasps I’m working on in my current position.  The image is a composite from 14 photos taken through a microscope…

The Life and Times of Mingus the Cat

November 2009 edition.

Health Care Reform and Photography

Every year my part-time photography business does a little better than the year before.  A few new clients, a few new venues, a few more visitors to my web sites.  It’s not a meteoric rise by any measure, but considering the current economic situation I am counting my blessings. Naturally, of course, when business is…

Image Gallery Down

Smugmug, the host for my image gallery alexanderwild.com, has been down all morning.  The problem is apparently serious and resolution may take a while. I apologize for the inconvenience.  If there was a particular image you were looking for this morning and now you can’t get to it, email me. *update 12:15pm; we’re online again!

Ants as seed dispersers – part 2

Ants are considered beneficial insects for their roles as predators, scavengers, and dispersers of plant seeds.  But when the seeds belong to a pest plant, the ants’ role may change to that of accomplice in an unwanted biological invasion. Moni Berg-Binder, a student in the Suarez lab at the University of Illinois, is studying the…

Taxonomy Fail

On the homepage of the Proceedings of the Royal Society?  Really? I expect this kind of screwup in, say, USA Today, but a major scientific society really ought to have someone on staff who can correctly identify a honeybee.