Here's your 11th edition of Segments --> bringing your some arthropod stories, each week.
- Many butterflies have eyespots, to ward off predators. Holy heck, some of them hiss, too. Here's a post on the 'hissing butterfly'.
- Aloha! Understanding evolution, spider style. A really great way to discuss the "happy face" spiders of Hawaii, and to grasp their fascinating evolutionary history. I'd like to see this kind of portrayal for many other groups: it works.
- Speaking of spiders, here's a 'new view' of the orb web, by William Eberhard. It's a must-read for Arachnologists.
- An inordinate fondness for maggots, beetles & so much more. Here's a post by Simon Leather about a visit to a natural history museum, with a focus on Entomology. The enthusiasm is truly infectious.
- Historically important maggots oh my! Here's a post (the curator of Diptera's blog), that is worth a read… and as Erica writes: "I view those subjects that most people feel squeamish about as truly interesting - I think that nature is ingenious! So, in light of that forewarining, I will proceed…". Here's Erica's tweet on the topic (which, by the way, is the tweet of the week!)
- "The Sting". This is an older post, but one that's worth looking at again. It's absolutely phenomenal photo of getting stung by a bee.
- Un-bee-lievable!!!! Bumble bees are *capable* of flying higher than Mt. Everest.
- Running blind: tiger beetle style. I'm sure *everyone* read this post by Ed Yong, last week. But just in case you didn't, please go do so now!
- A fight club for flies. A neat story in the NY Times about studying aggression.
- Wolf spiders: great photos by Adrian Thysse.
- On the topic of great photographs, Nash Turley posted some lovely images from his trip to Belize a while back, including this Orthoptera:
- Look up! My colleague posted a nice summary of our research paper on canopy arthropods. Note: two undergrads are co-authors on this paper. That's awesome.
- Disgusting and delightful… Parasitic pals: a colouring book for you, now available on Etsy.
- Dreaming about salticids (jumping spiders), Thomas Shahan style.
- Doing some house renovations? How about some nature-themed tiles. Gotta love the cranefly tile!
- Bug Bytes: here's a nifty video featuring Andy Warren, all about the Yucca Giant Skipper: