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Top Posts of 2012

Yesterday, on the 28 of December, Splendour Awaits turned one year old. On that day I said farewell to the old blog, The Bug Whisperer and began a new independent web life.

With a new year ahead, this gives cause to take a look at how the blog has fared. I have already covered the top photos for 2012, but how did the other posts do in the last year? If I ignore the front page, archive and blog home page hits, photos, video shares and public-service type posts, the following are the top 5 articles of 2012:

  1. Leading the pack by far, with 4208 hits, was Carnival of Evolution #45, where I used a Google Presentation to craft a bug-filled showcase of otherwise non-buggy evolution posts from around the web.
  2. The second most popular article was Equipment Foibles — Long Macro Lenses, in which I shared my experience with big macro.
  3. Closely following closely behind in popularity came The Nikon R1 Close-up Speedlight Remote Kit, an elegant and wireless macro flash system.
  4. Oddly enough, Ento. 101: Who? (II) – Aristotle to the end of the 17th century was next in popularity, and now a reminder to me of another unfinished project…
  5. And last, another equipment article, the first in the ongoing series  on Macro Flash Solutions, where I show a simple method of supporting a lightweight flash.

What does all this add up to? Food for thought for the future of Splendour Awaits and how this blog will proceed in 2013…but more on that later.

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Caught by Google Street View

I zoomed in on Google Maps this morning, impressed by how the quality of the images have improved for our neighbourhood. I decided to check the street view. I then ‘strolled’ down our street, and rotated to view my home, and this is what I saw:

I stepped a bit closer…who is that intruder in the garden?

And still closer…

That’s me, somewhat sliced-up by the scan.  I’ve been sneaking-up on myself, (here armed with the Canon 5D Mk II with the 70-300mm f4-5.6 L IS USM lens on a 20mm extension tube, all supported by my old Manfrotto 055 tripod) recording bugs visiting flowers in the garden.

Good thing I was dressed for the occasion…

 

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The Week on Sunday 12

Another collection of buggy links that emerged in the last week:

Like beetles much?

TheFamilyguy421 found this swarm on a residential eucalyptus tree in New South Wales, Australia.

Looks like the green soldier beetle (Thank Google!) a predator of eucalyptus leaf beetles. Apparently they swarm for mating and/or prior to mass dispersal flights.

Alex Wild has a print sale! You have until January 1 to take advantage of the super-low pricing for a select group of images, like this one:

 

◊ Brian Switek, the dinosaur bloke over at Laelaps shared a recent fossil discovery: a hangingfly (Order Mecoptera) that appears to mimic Gingko leaves.

That’s the scorpionfly in C, D, H and I…

Read the complete article at Laelaps, and for more of the science behind the discovery, read the Open Access article:

Yongjie Wang, Conrad C. Labandeira, Chungkun Shih, Qiaoling Ding, Chen Wang, Yunyun Zhao, and Dong Ren. Jurassic mimicry between a hangingfly and a ginkgo from China PNAS 2012 ; published ahead of print November 26, 2012, doi:10.1073/pnas.1205517109

Note that Laelaps will be finding a new home soon, so if you are interested in the latest palaentological views, watch for news of  Brian’s new blogging location.

 

Another blogger that likes to blog bugs is Ed Yong over at Not Exactly Rocket Science. Ed latest post is on the the wasps that lay eggs on wasps that lay eggs on caterpillars that eat cabbages. And it turns out that the cabbages signal their distress when being munched by caterpillars, which gets the whole parisitoid/hyperparisitoid ball rolling…

Read the complete article at Enter the Hyperparisites, and see the Open Access science at:

Poelman, Bruinsma, Zhu, Weldegergis, Boursault, Jongema, van Loom, Vet, Harvey & Dicke. 2012. Hyperparasitoids Use Herbivore-Induced Plant Volatiles to Locate Their Parasitoid Host. PLoS Biology.

 

◊ And to close, a bit of bug inspired music by Nancy Tucker, as she follows the seasons on her guitar:

 

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The Carnival of Evolution: Pharyngula’s Saga

A new and Nordic-tinged Carnival of Evolution (#48) is now up at Pharyngula!

No bugs beyond bacteria, I’m afraid, but there is a photograph taken in the Icelandic Phallological Museum.

I wonder if there are any aedeagi in there…?

Beware of tentacled Berserkers!

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Carnival of Evolution #47 now up at Evolving Thoughts!

Carnival of Evolution 47: All the Evolution News that’s Fit to Blog

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Now at Evolving Thoughts:

Welcome to the 47th edition of the Carnival of Evolution. We have had our science reporters out in force hunting down the best of the blogosphere on evolution and related subjects, and here they are for your delectation and delight and other d-words.

Go there now, and see what the big white ape has in store…

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Video: Blue Butterflies, Red Ants and an Ichneumon.

From Life in the Undergrowth, this clip shows the amazing relationship between the Alcon blue butterfly (Phengaris alcon), a brood parasite of red ants (Myrmica scabrinodis, Myrmica rubra and Myrmica ruginodis) and the ichneumon wasp (Ichneumon eumerus) that manages to both defeat the ants’ defenses and parasitize the Alcon caterpillars. Here’s Sir David Attenborough:

Hat-tip to Chris Mallory at Google+.

 

 

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