How fairy wasps cope with being smaller than amoebas.
They're so small that they lay their eggs inside the eggs of thrips. Their brains are 50 times less complex than houseflies' brains. They're only the third smallest insect! (video
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Mark "Dr. Bugs" Moffett
is a Harvard educated entomologist, author
and ecologist. He's also one hell of a nature photographer
, mainly studying Frogs and Ants (slideshow with audio)
. Galleries from Frank Pictures
, The Smithsonian
, and a slideshow and recent interview
from NPR's Fresh Air.
Violent death in the insect world
- grisly yet compelling macro photographs of bug-against-bug carnage.
Form and Pheromone
- truly lovely beetle mosaics and insect art. (via recogedor
) Previously: Living Jewels
, Satan's Little Helper
, and the incredibly colorful cast of characters
that populate photographer Igor Siwanowicz's world. (via Mira y Calla)
If a young worker attempts to reproduce, she is spreadeagled by her fellows and kept immobilized for hours or even days. At the end of her sentence, the best she can hope for is a reduction in rank and loss of reproductive capability. Often she is mutilated or killed.
about police-state behavior in insects, complete with information on mutant anarchist worker bees, ant-led coups, and parasitic self-cloning bees. (via BoingBoing.)
'Provided for your delight are a small number of the world's butterflies and moths, taken from Dru Drury's three-volume monograph entitled Illustrations of Exotic Entomology.'
Related :- Schreber's Fabulous Beasts.
'In 1774 Johann Christian Dan Schreber authored a multivolume set of books entitled Die Saugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen. Focusing on mammals of the world, these books were lavishly illustrated with 755 hand-colored plates ... '