Circus of the Spineless #60!

It’s the first Monday of March! Spring is in the air!
In fact, 2 weeks from now is the official end of winter and beginning of Spring.  (For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway.)

And….well. We all know what spring is about.


Sex is a common obsession with biologists. In fact, there is a Flickr Group called Insect Porn.

There is nothing wrong with that, of course. Whatever 2 (or more) consenting adult insects choose to do together is completely healthy and natural. So, on to this month’s emissions. Uh, submissions.

Sleeping with the Fishes covers Deep Sex! I mean, Deep Sea Sex. By krill.  Shameless little buggers!  (Here’s the video. You know you want to watch it.)

Kevin covers barnacle sex and Mr. Darwin.  Including a link to Isabella Rosselini’s educational film on barnacle reproduction.

Wandering Weta blogs about Behind the Red Door.   All about tubeworms.  Which are not like trouser snakes. Really.

Sadly, it appears that the Johnson’s Tiger Beetle isn’t getting any in Missouri. Which may be why the population appears to be extirpated, according to Beetles in the Bush.  (I would like to point out that I have shown great restraint in not making even worse sexual innuendo out of “Johnson” and “Bush.”)

Since we’re talking about tiger beetles, I want to bring this project to your attention–it’s a Kickstarter project about one of the rarest insects in the US–the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle.  (Kickstarter is a way for filmmakers and artists to raise cash online.)  He only needs about $1500 more to fund his project, so consider tossing him some cash. He promises not to spend it on hookers and blow like some Hollywood types.

Deep Sea News covers the Release of the Daphnia Genome. These adorable little crustaceans often don’t bother with sexual reproduction. You could say the Sisters are Doin’ it for Themselves.

And, of course, there is always the inevitable result of sex–offspring.  Dragonfly Woman has some awesome photos of giant water bug eggs! Some of these are the result of electron microscopy–extreme closeup!


Ok, there is a limit to my ribaldry.   Or, at least a limit on a school night!

10,000 Birds has a series of great photos of Dragonflies, as does Wild Sri Lanka‘s post on  dragonflies.

Slugyard has a nice photo of a Dance Fly, and Real Monstrosities covers Hydras!

This post was not submitted, but I include it because it has photos of Membracids! Squee!! Adorable.

Composing this month’s CoS was exhausting.  So, how about some Napping Ants?! But…they’re supposed to be workaholics! Wild about Ants explains.

Next month’s Circus will be hosted at NeuroDojo. You can find his email here.  It remains to be seen if I will ever be allowed to host a Circus of the Spineless again, after working blue on this one.

Circus of the Spineless #39

I’m not sure how I managed to not host CoS before today, but I didn’t! CoS is a migratory blog carnival that specializes in all things spineless, because those are the IMPORTANT animals. Neener to all you vertebrates.

Bivalvia (Mollusca)

Nature Geek Northwest gives us a charming story of finding Geoducks and razor clams with her kids.  I, of course, will bring us down to Beavis and Butthead-level by pointing out that if you’ve never seen a geoduck, you really need to watch this video of Mike Roe of Dirty Jobs learning about how to harvest them.


Alex at Myrmecos provides a Guide to Insect Field Guides! Very helpful and timely, as “What’s that bug?” season is upon us.  Annotated Budak also has some lovely photos of assorted insects he encountered on a walk near Singapore.


DC Birding Blog has shots of a lovely blister beetle he discovered on the beach.  (Unlike me, he takes the high road and does not mention the historic link between blister beetles and spanish fly).  Beetles in the Bush discusses some new research using herbicides to save a dune tiger beetle.  In other words, by using herbicide to push back invasive plants that are changing the beetles’ habitat.  And, as usual, photos of really shiny beetles!  BiB also discusses ARKive and the inclusion of an endangered pink tiger beetle.  Annotated Budak has an post with loads of lovely weevil photos.


Oyster’s Garter has a new home at Slate’s girl blog, XX.  (While I have some issues with doublex, I love Miriam’s writing, and I hope this means she’s getting some $$ for her work!)  She discusses some new research that finds that whiny offspring are starved by earwig moms.


Birder’s Lounge discovers a little Braconid wasp that is parasitizing…something!….near her bird feeder. With Nifty video!  Anna’s Bee World covers leafcutting bees with lovely photos.


PhotoSynthesis covers flies that mug ants.  Your crumbs or your life!


Better late than never! Urban Dragon Hunters went to Nicaragua in March, and has many lovely shots of the dragons and damsels to be found there.


Doug of Gossamer Tapestry finds not one, but TWO endangered species on his trip to the dunes.

Wandering Weeta finds some Aphid Mummies! (Also, no one please gripe at me over the use of Homoptera–that whole Hemipteran clade is a mess, and it seems the orders change monthly.)


On the heels of an NPR interview in which an entomologist claimed there were roaches in your coffee and chocolate….I answer the question “OMGBUGZINMAIFOODS?


The Ranger’s Blog covers the media hysteria about the Giant Spiders That Attacked Australia (not). Tgaw has an amazing story of baby ticks hatching.


Marmokrebs discusses introduced crayfish species in two very different areas of the world–and how tasty they are.


NeuroDojo discusses whether or not Jellyfish have brains.

Thus endeth the June issue of the Circus of the Spineless.
The next issue will be hosted on the first Monday in July by Cheshire. Go Bug Blogs!