The Final Segment
The 12th and final segment is here! Here are some highlights from the world of arthropods, from last week:
- Finding things where you haven't found them before: a range expansion or simply an increase in awareness of a species distribution? Here are some thoughts about this from Wayne Maddison, based on field adventures in finding jumping spiders.
- Tackling Malaria - is there a cure-all? An interesting read from the Economist.
- Also on wired science, 'Dating advice for spiders'. As written on that post…"arachno-dating advice goes something like this: For starters, bring a gift. If you show up empty-handed, you’re probably going home disappointed. Also, if you give her a sucky gift? No sex. Probably"
- One of the best stories last week was about a beetle names in honour of Darwin and David Sedaris, with this publication coming out on Darwin's Birthday. Rightfully so, this hit the news in a big way. Well done, Stylianos Chatzimanolis! Here's a photo of the beautiful beast (reproduced here, with permission):
- Here's a paper highlighting the potential of using aquatic insects for research about diversification. To me, this comes of no surprise, but good to see that featured in the well-read Annual Review of Entomology.
- You are what you eat: defensive strategies of marine invertebrates. What a great post by Staffan Lindgren on hermit crabs!
- More about maggots… you just MUST check this post out. "posterior spiracles, anyone?"
- Never mind the Sochi Olympics… you MUST check out the BUG olympics! There's skeleton, ski-jumping, cross-country skiing, and more. (great work, Morgan)
- Tweet of the week was a pretty easy one:
- I like this: a butterfly stamp issued by the USPS.
- Hey look: another new species described -it's a 'cryptic' Lepidoptera. Given my ranting about the lack of fanfare of new species descriptions for arthropods, I thought I better make some noise with this one!
- A gallery of Australian bull ants. Just lovely. Don't believe me??? Here's one:
I will now take this opportunity to announce that this, the 12th segment, will be the last segment (at least for a while). Instead, I will feed great arthropod links to Malcolm Campbell, as his 'Morsels for the Mind' is truly amazing, and about the *best* link-fest out there. So, instead of doing a link-fest devoted to arthropods, I will encourage all of you to check out Malcolm's posts and his 'bug links' will surely satisfy.
That being said, the 'ten facts' feature will become a regular feature on Expiscor, and I hope you will enjoy it! If you wish to contribute to 'ten fact, let me know!
Finally, a most sincere THANKS to everyone who has followed "Segments", supported this feature on Expiscor. It means a lot to me.