Category Archives: Insects

The Cost of Misunderstanding How Money Works: So Long Invertebrate House

Like most people–and I’ve been a supporter of the National Zoo in Washington DC for nearly a quarter century–I was shocked to learn that the Invertebrate House will be shuttered for good this Sunday, June 22. Why? Budget cuts: The … Continue reading

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Phabulous Phasmids

Observed at the Insect Zoo at the Natural History Museum, Washington D.C.–can you find the two members of Phobaeticus serratipes, the Giant Malaysian Stick Insect? Each of them was about fourteen inches long–here’s an easier angle: Don’t worry, they’re plant … Continue reading

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Crazy Ants and the Hidden Collapse of Scientific Infrastructure

One of the ridiculous things about many depictions of science in TV and movies is the notion that there’s this huge infrastructure: shiny labs (which are always neat and spacious), high-tech this and that, and an army of workers to … Continue reading

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Moving Day

For some ants, that is: (observed in Cambridge) So what’s the ant equivalent of leaving a ratty old sofa out on the curb?

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Be Very, Very Quiet, I’m Hunting…

…elm bark beetles. Observed at the corner of Exeter Street and Commonwealth Ave.: According to the Boston Parks Department: The traps consist of 18.5″x 28″ green plywood boxes mounted approximately 15 feet off the ground on trees located at least … Continue reading

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Some Good Citizen Science: Calbug

Calbug, which attempts to harness the general public to improve nine Californian insect and spider collections, came across the transom: Calbug is an effort to digitize terrestrial arthropod-specimen records with a focus on California. The project represents a collaboration among … Continue reading

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Things We All Know, Yet Are Not True: The Colony Collapse Disorder Edition

You’ve probably heard of Colony Collapse Disorder (‘CCD’), where workers from a bee colony suddenly disappear (SPACE ALIENZ?!?). Given the importance of pollination by bees to agriculture (while birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it, plants … Continue reading

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