Here's your first edition of Segments for 2014!
- Hooray! More new species described! In this case, seven wasp species in the Charipinae.
- Arachnopobia and Dr. Who: A must-read post by Bug Girl. Here's a summary of Gwen's summary about a pretty fascinating paper: "The person afraid of spiders will always be the first one to spot a spider in the room; a person interested Doctor Who will notice a blue police box in their neighborhood right away". Fundamentally, the papers suggests we are not evolutionarily "hard-wired" to fear spiders. Good.
- Here's a nice jumping spider for you. WOW!
- Caterpillars and climate change: in this paper, the authors report that "recent climate warming has led to physiological shifts in the TPCs [temperature dependence] for larval feeding... indicating that thermal adaptation can occur rapidly in response to changing thermal conditions". Stated another way, caterpillars "gobble food in the heat".
- Nash Turley posted some of his favourite photos from 2013. Here's one of my favourites from his set:
- Speaking of photography, Nicky Bay is one of the best macro photographers out there. Here's a post with highlights from 2013. Some truly stunning images of arthropods -from spiders to millipedes and everything in between.
- Plants, insects, chemical warfare and biodiversity. A 'battle for survival' in the rainforest. A must-read piece by Carl Zimmer, highlighting work by some well known ecologists/entomologists (Drs Coley and Kursar).
- Toxic halitosis protects tobacco-eating caterpillar: another amazing post (with another amazing title), by Ed Yong.
- Weird bugs? How about other invertebrates, such as the lowly earthworm? Here's my effort at drawing one (part of my project to work on my drawing skills):
- C-c-c-cold outside for many people. Ever wonder about where all the butterflies go during the winter? Here's a nice post on the topic.
- T'was the season: the story of the Christmas spider.
- Gnaw on this: Here's an overview of the Trogossitidae: a full review, with keys. This is a small family of beetles - fewer than 1000 species, worldwide; their common name is "Bark-gnawing Beetles"
- A passion for entomology & photography: here's a lovely post by Adrian to thank all who support his passion. I really like this, because it's a clear reminder that we are only as strong as those who help guide and support us. Adrian then follows that post with this one: a series of resolutions.
- Max Barclay gets the tweet of the week. It's just so perfect: