Ant colonies operate like well-oiled machines. Much of the communication between individuals is mediated by cuticular hydrocarbons (the cuticle on an insect is their tough outer skin), that make up pheromones. Continue reading “Talk like an ant”
J.B.S. Haldane once remarked that if there is a creator, they must have an inordinate fondness for beetles. Hundreds of thousands of beetle species have been named; by contrast, only about 60,000 species of vertebrates have been described. Naturally, the sheer number and diversity of beetles out there is of great interest to biologists. Continue reading “Beetles in color!”
Evolution. We’re all pretty familiar with it. Even so, when we boil down to specifics, things can get hairy. Part of that might be because when talking about evolution, words we know well in English actually mean something else in… Biologish. Yeah, let’s go with that.
Drones are being used more and more to study hard-to-record behaviour in elusive animals. Recently footage emerged of narwhals wagging their tusks from side to side in an (apparent) attempt to stun prey. Continue reading “Introducing: Narwhals, the fish stunners”
We love flowers! Then again, who doesn’t?
It’s August 1st guys, and a kind of special birthday: Jean-Baptiste Lamarck’s (1744)! Continue reading “#BornOnThisDay: Lamarck”
Meiotic drive is something thing that happens in the gametes of all walks of life, from itty bitty fungi to plants and animals. Continue reading “wtf: a meiotic drive tragedy in 3 acts”
That which we know an egg by any other shape would… yeah, be an egg. Continue reading “What does “egg-shaped” even mean?”
Until recently, North America had two native species of flying squirrel, the Northern flying squirrel and the Southern flying squirrel (such creative naming!). These two species are in the same genus, Glaucomys, and are closely related: so close, in fact, that in the northeast where their ranges overlap, they sometimes interbreed! But far, far away in the forests of the Pacific northwest dwells a mysterious population of Northern flying squirrels…and a group of scientists was determined to find out why. Continue reading “A tale of two squirrels”