Segments (7)

6 January 2014 by Christopher Buddle, posted in Segments

Here's your first edition of Segments for 2014!

  • 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.
  • 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".
A mantispid.

Credit: N. Turley. A mantispid.

  • 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.
Earthworm

Earthworm

  • 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"
  • Max Barclay gets the tweet of the week. It's just so perfect:

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