The Week on Sunday 6

♦ I know that it is considered bad form for a foreign power to try to influence elections, but this Canadian advises Americans to put their money on Obama. This man is civilized! If you don’t believe me, take a look at this video, for goodness sakes!

Beehive at the Whitehouse! And what does he do with the golden harvest? Some of it goes into the Presidential Beers. That’s right folks, he’s not your namby-pamby, pinky-finger-in the air wine sniffer. He doesn’t waste his time fussing about the fermented juice of the grape, as if there is any real difference in taste between California plonk and a Chateau Latour…
No, his drink is ale, that most ancient product of barley, sustainer of all the great tribes that have annoyed the wine drinking civilizations for eons. Sure he may have failed on a few promises, and he may be having troubles correcting the previous Republican government’s screw-ups, but, by golly, true to his Celtic heritage: this man appreciates ale…

Vote Obama. Keeper of bees. Drinker of ale. What on earth could Americans want that is better than that?

♦ One of the more interesting articles to come out of the week was the news about what some are calling the “Anternet“, where the food foraging behaviour of a species of harvester ant are being likened to the same type of  feedback that determines how information is transmitted on the internet. See the paper at PLOS.

♦ A new species of stick insect from the Philippines. It has a skunk like trait, and some other enigmatic features…

♦ The bug season is beginning to wind-down for us northern bugsters. Terry Thormin, who blogs at Vancouver Island Nature, has done a wrap-up post on the dragonflies of Vancouver Island. We eagerly await his advice on how he gets those in-flight shots…

♦ And, to end this higgledy-piggledy collection of links…
– While it is all good and well to photograph bugs visiting flowers and sitting benignly on leaves, what is really exciting is coming across new or seldom heard-of  types of behaviour. In this post at 6legs2many, see spiders raiding an ant’s nest….

Share the excitement in the video below, and visit 6legs2many for photographs!

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