Category Archives: Entomology

Anything pertaining to arthropods!

Dragonflies and damselflies

I thought I might write about one of my favorite insects. I mean, I think just about all insects are pretty awesome, but we all have favorites…right? Anyhow, I have been fascinated by dragonflies for as long as I can … Continue reading

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Everlasting Love?

Ahhh, yes…good to know that some things never really change. The image above depicts insect sex as it occurred 165 million years ago (during the mid-Jurassic Period) in northeastern China. This fossil was the main attraction of a November 6, … Continue reading

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Microscopic Chainsaw Massacre!

A little late for Halloween, but horrifyingly fascinating nonetheless, I present to you the mouthparts of a tick! This morning I happened to discover a recently-published paper on the mechanics of how ticks feed, entitled “How ticks get under your … Continue reading

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Zombie Ants!!

OK, so I will go ahead and admit that I have been saving this article up for a while. I wanted to write about this topic since almost day one, but I could not resist waiting until Halloween to release … Continue reading

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The new Spidermobile?

Yeah, actually this is the old Spidermobile (1st appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #130). The newest “Spidermobile” looks more like this: Turns out this story is not actually related to comic books, so much as the recent recall of some 870,000 … Continue reading

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Zombies vs Animals

I wanted to link you to an excellent piece written by David Mizejewski, a National Wildlife Federation naturalist who explains how nature (including insects) would deal with the hordes of shambling undead that will inevitably descend upon the world… http://boingboing.net/2013/10/14/zombiesvsanimals.html … Continue reading

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No Jurassic Park…

  A brief follow-up to my Jurassic Park post. Sadly, science seems to indicate that we are unlikely to ever clone dinosaurs from blood trapped in the guts of ancient mosquitoes that were trapped in amber. First up, a study … Continue reading

Posted in Dinosaurs, Entomology, Science Stuff

The future of farming?

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-c1-china-cockroach-20131015-dto,0,4704825.htmlstory So you invest your time and resources in creating an army of biomechanical super-cockroaches for…well…some reason that seems to make sense to you at the time. The thing is, what do you do with the roaches when they stop … Continue reading

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Jurassic Park, here we come!

A fossilized female mosquito that still has traces of her last blood meal! http://www.nature.com/news/blood-filled-mosquito-is-a-fossil-first-1.13946 Sadly, this mosquito is: 1) 46 million years old, give or take a few millenia… and 2) fossilized in shale, rather than amber… DNA is not … Continue reading

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A brief follow-up on ticks…

OK, so I just saw this article and I REALLY wish it had been written when I posted about ticks, but alas! Such was not the case, so I will just have to post this as a follow-up: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/us-biologist-discovers-new-species-up-his-nose-after-research-trip-to-africa-8859600.html Lots … Continue reading

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