Monthly Archives: January 2012

Living With Insects In Sports (and Politics)

It is not just the athletes in outdoor sports who are annoyed by insects. In the clip below we see NBA star Dirk Nowitzki pestered by a fly (and reporters) at a post game press conference. Note the motion as … Continue reading

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Living With Insects in Sports

Some sports are played outdoors, under the lights. There are many insects outdoors and many insects are attracted to lights. This sets the stage for a “Clash of the Species”. Recently, that clash has come on the tennis court at … Continue reading

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Living Under the Snow

Many insects survive the cold of winter by burrowing underground below the depth where the soil freezes. Under the snow, many insects are in diapause, a state of suspended animation, in which the metabolism of the insect drops to very … Continue reading

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Living On Insects

Attempts to understand prehistoric human cultures by western scientists have in the past been biased by modern western civilization. Food for most western civilizations includes domesticated animals and plants, fish and shellfish, but not insects. Two Dutch ethnobiologists, Joost Van … Continue reading

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Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: The Eye of the Beholder- 3

Caterpillars, unlike adult moths and butterflies do not have compound eyes. Instead they have a small area on the side of the head that contains photoreceptors called stemmata. The stemmata are similar in structure to the photoreceptor units in the … Continue reading

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Eye of the Beholder- 2

Yesterday (1/18/12), I discussed “fake eyes” or eyespots on insect wings. Today I want to shift the focus to the true insect eyes, the compound eyes. Vision, as humans experience it, is a “sensation” produced by our brains. Vision is … Continue reading

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Eye of the Beholder

Many species of butterfly, especially in the family Nymphalidae have markings on the wings that resemble eyes. For humans, eyes, or images resembling eyes attract the attention of our brains. Movements of the face and eyes are important visual cues … Continue reading

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