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Geek-eye View

As I prepare to hand off this photoblog to Cobalt123, I thought I would share my favorite non-rocket photos. Each clicks through to a story or geeky observation. Last Thoughts Magic Toes Fire & Ice A Beautiful Computation in the Wolfram sense Curiosity Diamond Age & Eyes and even some people Namaste.

Thanks, ScienceBlogs!

Well. A month has flown by, the lease is up, and the SB landlord is banging on the door to get the keys back. Something about an explosive new tenant needing the place. Supposed to be a blast. So here it is. My final Photo Synthesis post, fitting in one last ant before the blog…

Why do only some ants sting?

Although these two ants in northern Argentina look like they’re ignoring each other, they are in fact doing just the opposite. This end-to-end confrontation is an intense chemical duel. What’s particularly interesting about the image is the juxtaposition of two different defense systems. At left is Forelius nigriventris, a speedy little insect armed with a…

Showdown at High Noon

Oecophylla longinoda – Weaver Ants St. Lucia, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa Technical details: Lens: Canon 35mm f2.0 lens on a 12mm extension tube Body: Canon EOS 20D dSLR Flash: Canon MT-24EX twin flash, hand-held for backlighting. Settings: ISO 400, f/13, 1/160 sec

The Case of the Malagasy Mystery Ants

A few days ago I noticed the search term “Malagasy Mystery Ant” showing up in the stats for my other blog. This puzzled me, as it wasn’t a phrase I was familiar with. So I googled it. All mentions of the term trace back to a caption in the New York Times slide show from…

The Ant-Mugging Flies of Kwazulu-Natal

A Crematogaster ant is held up by a kleptoparasitic Milichia patrizii ant-mugging fly. Last July, while wandering about the coastal forests of St. Lucia in eastern South Africa, I happened across an intriguing scene half-way up a spiny Acacia trunk. Some diminutive gray flies were pestering a trail of ants as they walked along the…

Agrarian Ants

Today, Roche announced funding for over a dozen genomes of organisms associated with the agricultural attine ants and the fungus they cultivate. In honor of the occasion, here’s a sampling of a few of the attine species and their gardens. Acromyrmex sp. nr. crassispinus, Argentina.

Ants in the New York Times

Temnothorax marked for studies of individual behavior at the University of Arizona Today’s New York Times is carrying a profile of myrmecologist Anna Dornhaus. It is nice to see Anna’s work receiving such attention, great and important, blah blah blah, but the really important part is this. The editors had the excellent taste to illustrate…

Are these two ants sharing an intimate moment?

Those of you who haven’t got an ad blocker installed have probably seen this ant floating about in a promotional banner in the ScienceBlogs sidebar: I can’t speak for how others react to this image. Most, I imagine, filter it out as yet more clutter on the screen. But for a picture of an insect…