Fall Foliage

No, I’m not dead. Instead, Mrs. Myrmecos and I have been roadtripping through the northeast on our way to a friend’s absolutely picturesque seaside wedding in Maine. I’ve got a spot of late-season anting to blog shortly, but in the meantime have a look at some fall color from Naples, New York:

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With several relatively sedentary weeks ahead, signs are good that I will actually have time to resuscitate my neglected blogs. I’ve got a pile of natural history from this summer’s Ugandan adventure to post, but what other topics would you like to read about?

11 thoughts on “Fall Foliage”

  1. I would love to read about:

    – (Compound Eye) General posts on your photography setup, your equipment and how you achieve certain shots.

    – (Compound eye) Tips for a very novice photographer wanting to get into insect macro – What sorts of things have you done in the past that may have helped you to learn?

    – Your journey into entomology, what made you do it, what made you specialise in ants, where you studied, tips for entomology students wanting to pursue a career in it with a side business revolving round photography.

    – Ants that are parasatised by Ichneumon wasps. Quite a niche topic, but Ichneumons are an obcession of mine and I’ve landed a summer studentship at a Crown Research Institute working on their taxonomy.

    Sorry if you have covered some of these topics before Alex, I havn’t been reading your blogs for very long but I’m hooked now!

    1. Excellent suggestions, Tom. I’m not sure I’d be able to do much on ichneumonids and ants without extensive research.. However, I’m more than happy to host your guest post on this topic. Hint, hint.

  2. Big new splashes in the ant literature, if there are any. Seems like myrmecology publishing is a little slow lately, but maybe I’m just out of the loop. Your take on the new Nylanderia of North America paper and a review of the New England ant field guide are possibilities.

      1. James,
        Do you have a cite for the Nylanderia of N. America paper?

        Also, I’m currently reviewing Field guide to the ants of New England for Myrm. News. That should be out not too long from now.

    1. There’s been a fair bit of good systematics: Bonnie Blaimer’s Crematogaster phylogeny and associated revisions, for example, have been coming out over the summer. I’ve had a post summarizing the new literature in draft for weeks now but haven’t gotten around to actually finishing and posting…

  3. Well, I would like to see more `Tricks of the TradeĀ“ posts, or behind-the-scenes of recent photographs, or anything on the technical side of your pics.

    Of course I love insect biology, ecology and systematics, but a bit of `how it`s madeĀ“ wouldn`t hurt!

  4. I second Tom’s Compound Eye requests above! I confess I found it really reassuring when you posted some older photos and demonstrated that you did not spring forth a fully fledged professional photographer from day one–gives me hope for improving my own work! It’s that progression from beginner to not-beginner that intimidates me.

    I’d also be interested in advice or tips for people interested in getting into entomology without formal training–it seems more amateur-friendly than other sciences in some ways.

    I’m happy to see anything you write or photograph, though.

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