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The Dragonfly Woman

Lethocerus medius, Linoleum block print by the Dragonfly Woman I’ve been meaning to mention Dragonfly Woman’s insect blog, and now I’ve got an excuse. Chris Goforth- the Dragonfly Woman- is an aquatic entomologist and a friend of mine from when I worked at the University of Arizona. Recently, she sent this lovely print of a…

Heterospilus, undescribed species, Costa Rica My more astute readers may have noticed that Myrmecos Blog has been uncharacteristically quiet this week. I do apologize, but I have a regular research job aside from blogging that periodically requires attention. I’ve been assembling genetic and morphological data from 100 or so wasps in the hyperdiverse genus Heterospilus.…

Cephalotes varians, up close

Blog posts are long, thin things. One could, for example, use a blog to post a high-resolution map of Chile. Or a single strand of spagetti. Any image up to 500 pixels wide, for as long as it goes. In that vein, here’s a Cephalotes varians turtle ant: Just wait until I find a stick…

The phylogeny of bug blogging

What happens if you score bug blogs for various characters and crunch them through a phylogenetic analysis? Morgan Jackson investigates: Although Morgan’s exercise was tongue-in-cheek, he did uncover a pattern worthy of further exploration: The last thing I want to comment on is the huge skew between male and female insect bloggers. Of the 58…

Hello ScienceBlogs!

For a second time, that is. Some of you may remember me from Photo Synthesis, where I guest blogged for a bit a year ago. I am happy to be invited back to the borg! Myrmecos is not a new blog. Rather, we have been over at WordPress since 2007. I say “we”, because the…

Shortly before I left for Florida, my post on the taxonomy of Strumigenys spurred a comment from an anonymous colleague: I wouldn’t be so bold as to publish so many evaluations of ideas without the backing of formal peer review. I wouldn’t be as concerned about the validity of my criticisms, but rather the perceived…