The last time I hosted the Circus of the Spineless, I just did a series of photos—invertebrates are wonderfully photogenic. Here we go again, with another collection of gorgeous images of crunchy, squishy, slimy, tentacled, multi-legged, no-legged creatures.
SEF sent me this nice image of an Adalia imago, but no link—and also says there is a whole life history in photos. I’ll update this if they’re put online!
Dragonflies in March? This photo is from last summer.
How do bees sense that wiggle dance? The proprioceptive organs in a bee’s antenna are very sensitive.
An invasive species, the lime swallowtail, is spreading through the New World!
Another invasion: Asian wasps invade France.
Japanese beetles, in addition to their nuisance value in our gardens, embrace the patriarchy and guard their mates.
How perverse: ants ripping off their mate’s abdomen. Maybe there’s something to say for the patriarchy.
After killing this loud visitor, we get poetry about crickets.
More butterflies: Polydamus swallowtail larvae.
It gets cold up north, and the bees catch a chill.
The largest moth in the US is the Black Witch, with a 7 inch wingspan.
Moths use gyroscopes to stabilize their flight.
Babies are so cute, aren’t they? Especially if they are huntsman spiderlings.
Here’s a photoessay on fishing spiders.
Taningia danae, a squid that hunts with bioluminescence, was popular.
Deep Sea News has more photos of Taningia.
The eight-armed cuttle has been an object of fascination for at least one hundred and thirty years.
Certain species of snakes have asymmetric jaws to winkle a snail out of its shell.
Sea cucumbers feeding—with video!
Cool as a cucumber on the Antarctic sea floor.
Sneaky parasitic worms manipulate their host’s sense of smell so that they’ll get eaten.
Go to Hawaii—see the marine worms!
I had never, ever considered eating sea squirts, but here’s a YouTube video showing how to cook Halocynthia roretzi.
How sad. Our only cnidarian representatives are beached Portuguese man-o’-war.
Here’s the coolest phylum I didn’t know much about before, with a ciliate-flagellate transitional form.
The next edition of CotS will be at Burning Silo at the end of March.