Today's word of the day: rheotaxis. A form of taxis seen in many aquatic organisms whereby they will (generally) turn to face into an oncoming current.
Some ants can "hold their breath" for 24 hours.
Just learned the coolest fact. Flower mantids color is not just for camouflage. The bright color pattern actually attracts more insects (prey) to the flowers they are hiding on! So flowers with no mantid have fewer insect that visit them.
Last day here, I can almost smell that new job smell! I am so looking forward to something new. So for that, I give you hot of the press new entomological awesomeness to start of your new weekend: New species - I have a love/hate relationship with ants. I love the social structure and some … Continue reading Fresh Friday Favorites
So today is apparently National ADD day. And since I have absolutely no concentration and don't really want to do anything aside from eat an entire package of Ghirardelli chocolate while playing candy crush and half watching old episodes of American Horror Story and contemplating cleaning but with no actual intention of doing that. Wait, … Continue reading Today is… hey is that a beetle?
Today is National Rum Day. Finally, a holiday I can really support and raise my glass to! In honor of this auspicious day, I am (of course) going to bring insects into it. Rum is made from sugarcane byproducts, usually molasses or sugarcane juice. And you know what else likes sugarcane? Yep, insects! One of the … Continue reading A Perfect Combination
It's hot and humid here, but it is Mississippi so it's not like I expected anything different. I've had some neat encounters with a nice sized hawk moth, some great looking Polistes wasps, and of course all the "normal" insects I deal with for work. But what has captured my attention and been rolling around … Continue reading Mud slinging in Mississippi