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Invertebrate of the Week #4 – Cerogenes auricoma

This week we are highlighting the eye-catching planthopper Cerogenes auricoma which can be found in Central America.  A member of the Family Fulgoridae, this magnificent little animal feeds on the phloem … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #4 – Cerogenes auricoma

Invertebrate of the Week #3 – Marrus orthocanna

We’re sticking with the ocean theme this week and highlighting the spectacular physonect siphonophore Marrus orthocanna.Siphonophores are a member of the same taxonomic Class as jellies (Hydrozoa) and are an intriguing … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #3 – Marrus orthocanna

Ants and whistling-thorn trees are in a symbiotic relationship and “it’s complicated”

In most relationships, a “third wheel” could be a major problem but if you happen to be an ant or a Whistling-thorn tree, the stability of your symbiotic relationship may … Continue Reading Ants and whistling-thorn trees are in a symbiotic relationship and “it’s complicated”

Evarcha culicivora – The Spider With A Taste for Vertebrate Blood

It’s no mystery that spiders have a penchant for liquid food; that is how they eat after all.  But what about a spider with a particular affinity for the blood … Continue Reading Evarcha culicivora – The Spider With A Taste for Vertebrate Blood

Invertebrate of the Week #2: Sea Sapphires (Genus: Sapphirina)

Last week, we highlighted a tarantula that uses structural characteristics to produce a vibrant blue color so this week, I thought I would continue with the structural color theme, but … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #2: Sea Sapphires (Genus: Sapphirina)

PopNature: Cuddly giant isopod plush toys and iPhone cases.

 Japanese kids get all the best toys! Apparently, Japan has developed a cultural fascination with the giant isopod (Bathynomus giganteus).B. giganteus inhabits depths in excess of 170 meters where it is believed … Continue Reading PopNature: Cuddly giant isopod plush toys and iPhone cases.

The Lake Nyos Limnic Eruption Disaster

On the evening of August 21, 1986, the village of Lower Nyos in Cameroon was startled by a deep rumbling beneath nearby Lake Nyos.  Within an hour, approximately 1,700 nearby people would … Continue Reading The Lake Nyos Limnic Eruption Disaster

Fruit, Females, and the Color Orange – Guppy Mate Preference in the Wild

Walk into almost any aquatic pet store and it’s likely that some of the first animals to catch your eye will be male guppies.  Domestic male guppies come in all … Continue Reading Fruit, Females, and the Color Orange – Guppy Mate Preference in the Wild

N(ice) Lab: Antarctic scientific research stations

Whoever said scientific field work only takes place in modest, worn-out structures clearly has never been to Antarctica and last week, South Korea reminded the polar science community that they don’t have to sacrifice all … Continue Reading N(ice) Lab: Antarctic scientific research stations

Enrico Bernard’s D. tinctorius Poison Frog

Around 2008, I saw a photograph of a splendid poison frog that emerged following an expedition into the rainforest within Estado Amapa, Brazil in 2006.  During that adventure, researcher Enrico … Continue Reading Enrico Bernard’s D. tinctorius Poison Frog

Invertebrate of the Week #1: Cobalt Tarantula (Haplopelma lividum)

We’re a little late out of the gate today with Week #1 of our new “Invertebrate of the Week” series, but I hope it was worth the wait.  This week, … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #1: Cobalt Tarantula (Haplopelma lividum)

The Magnificent Museu Blau

If you have the opportunity to visit Barcelona, I strongly encourage you to set aside a little time and visit the magnificent Museu Blau in the Forum Building.  Once you pass … Continue Reading The Magnificent Museu Blau

What Ecology Instructors Can Learn from Their Colleagues in Biogeography

Biogeography was a subject that I had no idea existed when I began my university education.  I always imagined Geography as being a field restricted to climatology, cartography, and GIS (Global … Continue Reading What Ecology Instructors Can Learn from Their Colleagues in Biogeography

“You’re Getting Colder” – How Terrestrial Animals Survive in Very Cold Climates

Welcome to the first entry of Part 1 of our Animals in Extreme Environments series.  Today we’re going to take a look at how terrestrial animals survive in some of the … Continue Reading “You’re Getting Colder” – How Terrestrial Animals Survive in Very Cold Climates

Squamation: How to identify rattlesnakes using scale patterns

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (C. atrox). Photo Credit: Clinton and Charles Robertson (Wikimedia Commons)Rattlesnakes are near and dear to my heart. And I know I’m not alone. People generally love a … Continue Reading Squamation: How to identify rattlesnakes using scale patterns

National Geographic’s Incredible “50 Years of (Space) Exploration” Infographic

I’m a sucker for great infographics and National Geographic really takes the cake with this one.  Published back in 2008, Sean McNaughton and Samuel Velasco published this fantastic infographic detailing … Continue Reading National Geographic’s Incredible “50 Years of (Space) Exploration” Infographic

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