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Honeybee Class Warfare

It’s Labor Day, but I just can’t bear to reiterate the awful facts about economic inequality in the United States. I could tell you about the insights from the latest article from the Journal of Economic Inequality, but I would have to pay $44.95 for access to that article, and I just don’t have that [...]

Redefining Sexual Versatility

Young, sexed up human beings might get some useful perspective on their struggles by considering the plight of Cloeon dipterum, a common species of mayfly that lives in the Northern Hemisphere. Mayflies have a period of adult sexuality that only lasts a few weeks. The short sexual life of the mayfly is common knowledge, and [...]

The Mystery Of The Sticky Sticks

Yesterday, my daughter, while she was picking spearmint leaves for tea, spotted this bunch of sticks (dry lengths of grass, really) glued on the bottom side of just one leaf. It reminds me of a candidly larva’s protective casing of pebbles glued together, but also of a butterfly’s egg.

I issue a cry for help [...]

Why Do People Want To Get Rid Of Ants?

Sitting on a stone wall outside, I put down a plate that had been holding a sandwich. I went back to reading my book, but when I looked up 5 minutes later, I saw that the plate had about 50 ants on it, gathering the crumbs.

Immediately, I felt a sense of revulsion. I wanted [...]

Fall Freezes the Dragons

It’s one of my favorite moments of fall, when it gets cool enough that insects remain right where they are no matter how close I approach. This dragonfly is stilled by its temperature-sensitive metabolism, but not yet frozen.

Global Ant Colony Getting Ready For…

New research shows that there is a gigantic ant colony that spans the globe. [...]

Early Insects in Upstate New York

Honey bees swarm on my compost pile, on the broccoli flowers opening there – apparently some of the only flowers they could find. [...]

Climate Change's Armyworms

It’s too early to say what’s caused the current armyworm outbreak, but what is known is that dramatic changes in habitat, such as those that accompany climate change, often create such unusual population surges. [...]