Estoy de vuelta

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Pampas grass against an Argentine sky. Córdoba.

Was Argentina fabulous?  Yes.  Am I exhausted after a sleepless overnight flight?  Also.

I'll try to think of some things to write about the trip once I'm lucid.  In the meantime I'd like to thank guest bloggers Scott and Eli for elevating the literary standards of the myrmecos blog during my absence.

photo details: Canon 17-40x wide angle lens on a Canon EOS 20D

ISO 400, 1/400 sec, f/14, circular polarizing filter.

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If you encountered any Anochetus you could talk about the current Featured Genus over at the Ant Farm & Myrmecology Forum.

By MrILoveTheAnts (not verified) on 31 Mar 2009 #permalink

Hey MrILTA. I did encounter Anochetus around the northern province of Salta, commonly under stones, but I was always too busy with the Linepithema work to photograph, collect or otherwise do anything with it.

Welcome back Alex! We missed you. Hope you get some sleep now.

By Henry W. Robison (not verified) on 31 Mar 2009 #permalink

Hi Alex:

I hate that flight, and much as I'd love to go back to Argentina, am glad not to have had to travel that way lately. My recent flights to and from Ecuador were of the more civilized, daytime sort.

More important -- welcome back! Can't wait to read about the trip...

By James C. Trager (not verified) on 01 Apr 2009 #permalink