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Julia Chosy

We here at Zooillogix balked at the idea of ‘Zombie day’ on ScienceBlogs (and secretly loved it, too). What better example than the animal world to show TRUE zombie-ism at its best? Parasites. Need I even say more? We’ve posted and posted again and posted another time about zombies before this day of celebration. But…

So, you think you’re smart?

Try this quiz. Pick out the titles of actual published scientific articles versus ones generated by a mad-libs-style algorithm…. Post your scores for bragging rights. In case you need some cheering up after being squashed by this test of your mental acumen, check out these cuties at ZooBorns…

One chrysalis is bursting at the seams! This is what is about to happen… The newly emerged butterfly will spend its first two hours pumping hemolymph into its wings. In this way, the soft, folded wings will straighten out and become more solid, more flight-ready.

Life cycle / Cycle of life

Since we last checked in, all 5 of our caterpillars made their transformation to chrysalis! Unfortunately, one of the Georges settled in too close to the side of the container. As he began to pupate, the forming chrysalis touched the plastic side, which must have been enough to cause a small tear in its surface.…

A little caterpillar anatomy

By DAY 7, the little guys aren’t so little anymore… Now that we can see some details on these guys, let’s learn a little about what we’re looking at.

Painted ladies! Take me away!

When you lose your job, you find yourself taking on new hobbies and projects. Some of them are productive. Some are fun. And some just satisfy the kid in you. So, say hello to my painted lady caterpillars! These cuties will be spending the next three weeks of their lives with me before being released…

Daisy chain house swapping

All my life I assumed hermit crabs deal with moving house the same way us humans do. When our living space gets a bit too cramped, we find a better-suited one, vacate the old one, and move. It’s a fairly self-centered process and we rarely think about who ends up in our old space. Well,…

WNS Update

Following up on the previous white-nose syndrome blog, WNS has now been confirmed in Missouri. The article is about their monitoring program and does not mention the find, but our sources tell us there was recent PCR-confirmation of Geomyces destructans in samples taken from suspect bats in Missouri as part of this monitoring program. One…

Golden showers, crayfish style!

Researchers at the University of Hull, UK, recently published a paper about chemical signaling in reproductive behavior in crayfish. Yep, crayfish. Apparently, the female must release urinary cues in order to initiate courtship behavior in males. No pee, no sex. Unfortunately (and understandably), being peed on also triggers aggression in this species. The authors argue…