12 January 2011

A favorite bug blog

One of my favorite blogs is that of the North Carolina State Insect Museum.

A couple recent posts especially caught my fancy. (What is my "fancy" anyway? Do I want it to be caught? By strangers? Is this something Stylurus needs to worry about? Moving along...)

I can assure you that the illustration in this post represents nothing in our house, but does represent my mental ideal of organization. Schmitt, yeah! -- THIS is how it's done

And speaking of "fancies," this post reveals that I'm not the only one getting it tickled. -- Genitalic stridulation in crane flies (Tipulidae)

[At right, one of the coolest crane flies I've found, Ctenophora dorsalis, a large ichneumon wasp mimic. I photographed this in Wayne County, Michigan in May 2009.]

5 comments:

KaHolly said...

I found a really cool wasp this past summer. (http://kaholly.blogspot.com/2010/08/mammouth-wasp.html)
~karen

Murr Brewster said...

Just found an old archived illustrated Alphabet Book I apparently made when I was eight or so--you know, A is for Alligator, B is for Bat, etc. And what do I have down for "I" but Ichneumon Fly. Guess who had a naturalist for a father?

Nannothemis said...

Awesome...both of you!

Murr -- I won a regional young author award in grade school for a book I wrote about a caterpillar who used "camo-flag" to hide on the American flag. It was a weird mish-mash of youthful patriotism and ecology!

Emma Springfield said...

What fun I have been having while searching through your site. Not only that, but I learned a bit too. Your pictures are outstanding. Your stories are fun and informative.
Urban Dragon Hunters is Nature Site of the Week at Nature Center Magazine.

Nannothemis said...

We're snowed in here at home, but will be traveling to warmer climes soon, so there will be photos and posts coming soon!