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!

Circus of the Spineless is coming!

Yep, I’ll be hosting Circus of the Spineless #39 the first Monday in June (which is June 1st!). You can send your submissions to me using the email on my “about” page.

Things continue to be crazy busy–I can’t remember the last time I actually only worked 40 hours/week. (You can send tips on a new job to that same email address…..)

While I may be AWOL this week, I  WILL get the Circus up and out on time.

Also, I may need to change the CoS logo to more accurately represent the dominant invert fauna. I’m just sayin’…..