Wow, hard to believe, but it's already the 10th edition of "Segments", bringing you weekly highlights from the world of arthropods.
- Fittingly, let's start things off with MANY segments, from the Myriapoda: Derek Hennen (and others) gave the internet a whole lot of awesome content related to these critters: Check out the hashtag: #IStandWithMyriapods and there's a storify too. (Myriapods, by the way, are millipedes, centipedes and related arthropods). Here's a nice photo of one from Morgan Jackson:
- Spiders are *so* much more than carnivores - here's a paper looking at pollen as dietary supplement for Linyphiid spiders. Oh look, here's another one on the same topic. (I think the more we look, the more often we'll find that carnivores are more omnivorous than a general textbooks would lead us to believe)
- One of the biggest stories in Entomology these days is the dramatic and horrible decline of the monarch butterfly. I could point you to many potential sites for this story, but Alex Wild sums it up well with these words: "I don’t have many photographs of monarchs. A few bland shots of larvae, a handful of adults on flowers. I never felt any urgency. They were as common as dirt. I just sort of assumed monarchs would always be around to photograph later. Silly me"
- There's a new spider blog out there… from Wayne Maddison's lab. All about Salticids! (of course) I will watch this blog with much interest. Their first full-feature post is a 'report from the field'
- I just *love* these tiny, mechanical insects and spiders. Truly amazing art:
- Climate variation is a key problem for the future of some insect species: this is an important paper that looks at the role of 'variability' in climate, and notes the detrimental effects this variation may have for insect species.
- Wow. Just wow. Here's a story by Bug Girl about injuries related to bed bug treatments. Here's a quote from that post: "If you are battling bed bugs: PAUSE, take a deep breath, and read the instructions carefully before applying something. You’ll get better results in the long run, and won’t hurt yourself or others. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice — and make sure the advice comes from someone who isn’t trying to sell you something.". That is good advice, folks!
- Ants on the rock: here's a neat paper in The Canadian Entomologist about multiple origins of fire ants into "the rock" (Newfoundland) in eastern Canada. Using molecular data, the authors show four different introductions and amazingly, these ants went undiscovered in Newfoundland for a long time.
- Oh, look: the Flypaper Returns! A great round-up of entomology-related stories by Morgan Jackson.
- Science & Art: from long ago. A wonderful paper on Hooke, Micrographia, and the 'true form' - worth a read.
- Ever hear the expression "computer bug" --> here's the entomological back-story.
- A 3-D spider robot does the salsa. Seriously. Go watch it.
- It was a wonderfully pun-filled week, and that's the theme for this "tweet of the week" to my colleague at McGill, Andreas Warburton: