Category Archive: Organisms

Jul 24 2014

It’s mayfly season!


Every year around this time, we can expect a sudden eruption of clouds of mayflies to emerge, as Gwen Pearson describes. There have been a few times I’ve been out driving when caught in it, and the car gets coated with brown dead bug smears, to the point where visibility is a serious problem. But …

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Jul 23 2014

Botanical Wednesday: Cruel bird

This bird, over many generations, has warped the poor Centropogon‘s flower into that bizarre curve.

Jul 21 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Cruel flower


This flower, over many generations, has warped the poor buff-tail sicklebilled hummingbird’s beak into that bizarre curve.

Jul 18 2014

Friday Cephalopod: You don’t need knees to be mobile

I’m suddenly seeing more to admire in the beautiful octopus.

Jul 16 2014

Botanical Wednesday: Kiss, kiss

bloginicio flora

Jul 14 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Respect for the nematomorph


There’s a new vampire series on FX by Guillermo Del Toro, The Strain. I haven’t seen it — I don’t get that channel — but I’ve read the book, which I found interesting for making vampires utterly disgusting, and also for stealing biological analogues for the infection (alas, I thought the story started very well …

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Jul 11 2014

Friday Cephalopod: Adorkable little guys


Cephalopods are the cutest creatures on the planet. How can you deny it?

Jul 07 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Worms are as cool as tentacles


Jul 04 2014

Friday Cephalopod: Do not taunt Happy Fun Cephalopod

Jun 30 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Evil Rising

Alex Wild

We’ve had a very wet summer so far here in the upper Midwest — the potholes are full of water, our backyard is sodden, the plants are thriving, but that also means that this plague is drifting in vast clouds everywhere. The horror. The horror.

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