This valentine shows the mutualistic relationship between ants and aphids where both benefit. Aphids produce very sugary poop, which ants find delicious. The ants protect the aphids from other insects that might want to eat them. Win-win.
Just before I left for the ESA conference on Nov. 13th, this happened:
Yep, shot past the 1 million mark. The actual number is probably higher; this counter doesn’t include RSS feeds and subscriptions, as well as views inside frames (like when you click on a networked blog link via Facebook).
What really matters is that I know many of you that are regular readers, and you are awesome. Just wanted to say *THANK YOU* to everybody that has stopped by since the Bug Blog moved to its new WP.com home and this counter began.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled insect news.
I will resume regular posting on St. Urho’s Day!
I suspect I’ll be posting less often, simply because the complexity of my life continues to expand. Besides, things have really changed online since 2005, and there are plenty of other great bug bloggers out there representin’.
I don’t need to do it all–which is rather freeing.
In the pipeline: several book reviews, some great insect gear, and maybe a new “ask an entomologist” post.
And, of course, snark.
In case you missed it while I was gone, you can find supplementary snark about a new taxonomic fail here.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for your lovely comments and messages of support. I am humbled.