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Swine Flu Redux

Mark posted this on Facebook, but is is so wonderful I need to pass it along:

Pogonomyrmex maricopa

   This critter is Pogonomyrmex maricopa, a species of harvester ant which is apparently famous for having the most venemous sting of any North American insect. One sting from the Maricopa Harvester Ant is equivalent to twelve honey bee stings. Best of all, it’s native to here in Arizona. Just one of the things that…

Quick. What’s pink and has stripes?

Ed reports on a putative new species of iguana that has been found on the Galapagos archipelago. Darwin saw two species (one marine and one land). We now have two additional land species, the Barrington land iguana Conolophus pallidus and this new one which is found only Volcan Wolf, the northernmost volcano of Isabela Island.…

2009 ASU-MBL History of Biology Seminar: Theory in the Life Sciences May 20-27 Application Deadline: January 15, 2009 The MBL-ASU History of Biology Seminar is an intensive week with annually varying topics designed for a group of no more than 25 advanced graduate students, postdoctoral associates, younger scholars, and established researchers in biology, history, philosophy,…

Sometime in the Devonian

Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, a trapdoor spider recently discovered in Alabama and named after Neil Young. Arachnophiles can click to enlarge – arachnophobes probably don’t want to.

Look at the evidence

Two-month old black Jaguar cub born in captivity at the Huachipa zoo in Lima, Peru. (click for larger version) photo source: AP Photo/Martin Mejia/Scanpix hat-tip: Green Expander.

Regular readers may remember the paper about a gay necrophiliac duck rapist with sexual staying-power (see here). Andrew Bleiman now gives us this gem – a seal attempting to get it on with a penguin. Disney probably has a lot to answer for.

Another day in paradise

My backyard is currently a hive of activity. It’s just past 3pm here in Tempe and the temperature is about 96 degrees. As a break from grading, I’m sitting on my back patio watching the avian world unfold. A splendid male Great-tailed Grackle (Quicalus mexicanus) has been noisily courting two females on the lawn and…