Arthropod Roundup

I haven’t purged my arthropod bookmarks in a while, so this is a doozy…

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  • Circus of the Spineless at Wild About Ants.
  • Carnival of the Blue at Cephalopodcast.
  • Scientia Pro Publica at Cosmodynamics
  • An Inordinate Fondness will be at Beetles in the Bush this month, send you beetle blogging to Ted ASAP.

General sciencey stuff:

Martin Robbins at the Guardian scathingly parodies popular science journalism. He followed this article up with his rational for writing it, and constructive suggestions on how to improve the sorry state of science reporting.

Arthropod news and science from around the web:

Wired has a bunch of super-slow-mo videos of insects in flight. My personal favorites are the videos of the frog lunging for, and completely missing some dragonflies. Ha-Ha, stupid chordate.

Alex at Myrmecos directs us a video by Adrian Smith showing what happens when an army ant is dropped into a harvester ant colony: Mass Panic! The colony goes from 0 to absolute chaos in a matter of seconds. Alex also has some images of a cute but pesky beetle that infests bee hives, and America’s rarest ant.

Ted at Beetles in the Bush has some photos of a stunning orange jumping spider.

In Maryland, we are crashing full-on into fall; my favorite season, though it will be embittered this year because most the critters I am just learning to photograph are going to disappear. I guess I have to live vicariously through some southern hemisphere bloggers. David Winter, of The Avatism, has photos of some red carotenoid-laden aphids on a rose bush in reference to some interesting research published earlier this year, showing that aphids have taken up some fungal genes.

Bunyipco shares some bizarre Australian entomological oddities; assassin bugs, katydids, and mantispids (which I had never heard of before).

The ambitious Census of Marine Life was recently published. Check out the link to see some weird crustaceans, as well as some lesser marine metazoans.

There are lots of animals that have adorning behaviors, like the decorator crab. Ed at Not Exactly Rocket Science has an article about those sneaky assassin bugs that camouflage themselves with the corpses of their prey.

The Southern Fried Scientist talks about the painful sex-lives of bed bugs. Oh traumatic insemination, how glad I am that you never evolved in chordates.

The Echinoblog has some great videos of time lapse echinoderm movement along with one of a giant isopod (Bathynomus giganteus) feeding frenzy.

Finally, master macro photographer, Thomas Shahan, has a new photo up on Flickr of a jumping spider. This guy does not know how to disappoint. Thomas is also responsible for the excellent jumping spider videos (and musical accompaniment) that I previously posted.

Photo: Thomas Shahan

Thats it for now. Stomatopod phylogeny post coming tomorrow, hopefully.

One Comment

  1. Having my jumping spider photos mentioned in the same post as the great Thomas Shahan? I don’t know whether to be honored or feel overwhelmingly inadequate! :)

    Great roundup.