The Sunday Roundup

At The Bug Whisperer I began a weekly ‘Bugfest’, a collection of links to interesting science and macro photography articles. I will continue along this line in the Splendor Awaits ‘Sunday Roundup’, however, what shows up here will be evolving over time as I figure out the best use of social media. For instance, at the moment one of the best ways to keep up with what is happening in entomological science would be to ‘Like’ Dr. Art Evans on Facebook, while searching entomology on Google+ will bring a wealth of people to add to your circles. So for now, while Splendor Awaits finds its footing, The Sunday Roundup will  continue to provide links to articles and blog posts that I find interesting; links to new or upcoming macro photographers and photography; news on photographic equipment and accessories that would benefit macro photographers and basically anything else that strikes my fancy. At some point, I begin including a naive, non-entomologists viewpoint of  my experiences with the 2012 Joint Annual Meeting between the Entomological Society of Alberta and the Entomological Society of Canada, which is being held here in Edmonton, Alberta  on November 3-7, 2012 .

And of course, I will also include updates on what is new on this blog and my websites.

So there!

Bug Wonder
♦ Dragonfly Woman has a spine-chilling (to some) article on strange tales of dragonfly magnetism!
♦ See the Mermaid’s Tale on nature’s wierdos: hitch-hiking oil beetle larvae… Why do they do that?
♦ Philip Corely (aka ‘Goldenorfe’) began taking macro photographs in 2008. Recently he posted on the rare Silver studded blues – Plebeius argus, that he found on Prees Heath in Shropshire. Visit his amazing photographs and videos on the butterflies and the ants they interact with!

Bug Science
♦ What happens when you insert spider DNA into silkworms? And why would you want to do that? Ed Yong has the story at Not Exactly Rocket Science.
♦ Well, see, ya got yer minors, and then ya got your majors, but how on earth does ya get a Super-major? Alex Wild explains the science at Myrmecos.
♦  How do young and rarin’ to go male wolf spiders learn the moves for their mating dance? By watching nature documentaries, I guess…
♦ 50 million year old insect ears, and some confusion on why they have them.
♦ Marc Srour at Teaching Biology gives a cool overview of the Lampyridae, the  bio-luminescent beetle Family that includes the glowworms, fireflies and lightning bugs.

Bug Photography
♦ Thomas Shahan is renowned for his photographs of jumping spiders, and just recently his work was internationally recognized by an article in National Geographic Magazine. Great work, Thomas! Read through the Flickr interview page to see how he does his work (a low-cost macro solution that gives excellent results) and view the video below to see him at work.

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Equipment
♦ I recently invested in the TriggerTrap, through the website KickStarter. But it looks like Haje Jan Kamps has hit a road-block. The pre-payment plan they developed through Kickstarter doesn’t jive with PayPals inflexible guidelines, and a whole lot of money is being tied up.

 

Quote of the Week:

…there is a downside for using real insects as spies.

“They can get eaten by a bird, they can get caught in a spider web,” said Electrical Engineering Professor Ron Fearing of Berkeley University. “No matter how smart they are – you can put a Pentium [chip] in there – if a bird comes at them at 30 miles per hour there’s nothing they can do about it.”

 

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