Category Archives: Entomology

Hang Your Kid’s Scrapbooks on the Wall

  During a recent weekend, we spent some quality geeky time at a friend’s house. … But before we headed over, my friend called and asked my kids to collect some things from nature. Dead bugs, leaves, sticks, anything interesting or … Continue reading

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Of Nabokov and Butterflies

Vladimir Nabokov may be known to most people as the author of classic novels like “Lolita” and “Pale Fire.” But even as he was writing those books, Nabokov had a parallel existence as a self-taught expert on butterflies. … in … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Topology From The Fruit Fly

With a minimum of communication and without advance knowledge of how they are connected with each other, the cells in the fly’s developing nervous system manage to organize themselves so that a small number of cells serve as leaders that … Continue reading

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Solar Powered Hornet

Yes! The chitinous exoskeleton of the Oriental Hornet collects solar energy! How would they even suspect this, you ask? This team of researchers from Tel Aviv noticed, first, that the Oriental Hornet, was more active in the afternoon than other … Continue reading

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Bee Be Gone

Not just honeybees have been dying. So have bumblebees. The planet’s honey bee population has dropped precipitously over the past decade, and nobody is entirely sure why (though we have a sneaking suspicion that Bayer’s bee-toxic pesticides have something to do … Continue reading

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