Hi Everybody! Some quick updates:
- I am moving! I’m moving back to the Midwest the first week of May, so will be out of touch for most of that week.
- I have a contract to do some work for a company I’m quite geeked about. I won’t know until June if it will become full-time with benefits, so I’m going to be really focusing a lot of energy on that. Keep your fingers crossed that works out and I can come back to blogging this summer. They know who Bug Girl is, and are totally OK with that. That’s a first!
- This Happened. I’m in the Library of Congress!!
That’s all for now–here’s some awesome buggy stuff to read while I’m trying to get my life sorted:
- Can we make stabby leaves to kill stabby bed bugs?
- The Daily Show covers pubic lice, with an awesome cameo from John Waters. And yeah, not really endangered. But very funny.
- You might not think there would be money in pretending to be an Entomology Society to rip off scientists. You would be wrong.
- A Monster Manticore from Mozambique! Sorta.
Things are rather dramatic* in my life right now, so how about a little linkage?
You know how I love Taxonomy FAIL, and Roberto finds a doosy: Exxon Photoshoppage Fail
The Bug Lady discusses poison spiders in Brazil
Lovely photo of a crab spider at Ugly Overload
Arg! I will be out of town for the Insect Fear Film Festival!
Don’t forget to pledge to blog about a woman in technology or science whom you admire on Ada Lovelace Day, 24th March 2010
Speciation via waterbug predation? (Not Rocket Science)
“Bugging” museum specimens with insects (how dermestid beetles clean bones, from the Smithsonian)
The EPA bans carbofuran, a pesticide that is hightly toxic to birds.
Arthur Evans discussses insect camouflage.
Termites have had odd gut parasites for 100 million years!
Lovely pentatomid art at Hexagonal Mandala Art Journal. Amazing art work at that site–check it out!
More pretty pictures at the Siam Insect Zoo.
So, Blogroll Amnesty Day was February 3rd, and in proper Bug Blog tradition, I missed it. B.A.D. is a day “to salute all of the great smaller blogs that don’t get the recognition they deserve.”
Frankly, I think nearly all the blogs I read would be defined as “small,” including the Bug Blog. If you have an Authority of less than 150 on Technorati, you are considered small. But why worry about size queens?
So I proclaim today “Share The Love Day”: a day to recognize pretty much random blogs that I find amusing, entertaining, and interesting.
- Judge a book by its cover: Deconstructing pulp fiction covers in a most amusing fashion.
- The weirdest EVAR(?) nature book. Not a blog, but must be seen.
- Dr. Boli is sort of a Victorian Monty Python. Um.
- A very warped version of LOLcats: Your Argument is Invalid.
- DragonArtz Designs not only is an amazingly talented vector artist, but he/she posts all the work for Creative Commons use!! Yay!!
- I don’t think it meets the “little” criterion, but I do love The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation marks.
- For pretty photos of insects, you should check out Wild Light.
- Debbie’s Insects Blog. Normally I stay as far away from about.com as I can, but Debbie seems like a very good sort.
- There’s 2 feet of snow on the ground, and reading The Ant Hunter‘s adventures in Brazil makes me feel…well, envious, actually.
- I can only read half of it, but the design and photos are lovely: agrent.blogfa.com
- Kolby Kirk: A dude with mad CSS design skilz. His insect blog is Bug ShutterBug!
I know that there are people that I’ve meant to add to the Blogroll here, but I’ve been having a very hectic…well, year. My job is settling down some, but I tend to drop balls all the time. So, if you’d like to be added to the Bug Blog roll, please leave a comment!
I’m also open to new and better category suggestions for making order out of a rather long blogroll list.
* Monty Python has its own YouTube Channel now. And there was much rejoicing!
An incredibly cool use of Google earth: mapping ant colonies.
The narration is a bit florid, but the video is really neat: excavation of an ant colony.
Ugly Overload has a great series of photos of a fly ptilinium, the inflatable bag on a fly head that’s used to emerge from a pupa. (And I can’t believe I remembered the name of that thing without looking it up! Go me!)
Zooilogix covers the parasite that turns ant abdomens into a berry mimic, so they’ll be snapped up by birds–completing the parasite’s life cycle. Also, more great Mantis pics.
Clan Apis–A graphic novel about bees.
Still swamped at work, but hope to return this weekend with a snarky preview of a new movie about bees.