For those of you in Minas Gerais, I’ll be giving a talk this week at the federal university in Viçosa. Here are the details:
How to take better insect photographs (with any kind of camera)
4 pm Thursday, May 31
Universidade Federal de Viçosa
Department of Entomology
Open to the public.
If it weren’t for the stately
Araucaria trees, I could swear I was in Italy instead of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul:
Incidentally, the sparkling wine here is unexpectedly good.
Hey all. I’m briefly back in internet contact, so I thought I’d share a shot from this afternoon. It shows a treehopper species whose adults have the same size, shape, and color of the abdomen of the
Cephalotes atratus turtle ants that tend them:
Anyone know the species? I’ve not had time to look it up.
I could do without the patronizing narration, but National Geographic’s footage of
Pseudomyrmex acacia-ants is worth your time:
…for the month of May. Don’t worry- it’s for good myrmecological cause.
I may stop in to give a brief dispatch now and again, but I can’t guarantee it.
In the meantime, behave yourselves.
Blogging has been slow this week as, among other things, I’m readying the final exam for
Insects & People. Here is an excerpt from a practice exam administered earlier this evening:
In the absence of posting, I figured I’d at least offer some multiple-choice questions.
It occurs to me that I don’t post nearly enough ants.
Click “continue reading” and scroll down. That should take care of it.
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Please welcome the shiny new ant genera
Tanipone and Vicinopone to the world’s ant fauna!
Tanipone aversa holotype worker (Madagascar)
Vicinopone conciliatrix (Ghana)
The new genera emerge from a detailed taxonomic study of the Malagasy and Afrotropical genus
Simopone, published this week by Barry Bolton and Brian Fisher in an open-access monograph in Zootaxa . source: Bolton B., Fisher B.L. 2012. Taxonomy of the cerapachyine ant genera . Simopone Forel, Vicinopone gen. n. and Tanipone gen. n. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Zootaxa 3283: 1–101.