Tag Archives: Biology

A Wasp To Her Roach

A Wasp To Her Roach  I sting you with exquisite care the bug  with two venemous* jabs tan cockroach this jewel wasp‘s host now the lame beast’s the pale egg’s lair in a tale as true as are most that … Continue reading

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Sprucing Up?

Time to spruce up for the season. Medusa had the right idea after all… Two of the lovely tall spruce trees have given the ghost. My view is so much the poorer for it. At -10 degrees C the beetles … Continue reading

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The Handsome Lithops

H/T to the humble lithops, who are not cyclopse. The first scientific description of a lithops was made by William John Burchell, this gentleman: (via Wikipedia) Here is a very nice time lapse of a lithops flowering: (Sorry, maybe the … Continue reading

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Remipede

Remipede! How can you not love a title like this: The first venomous crustacean revealed by transcriptomics and functional morphology: remipede venom glands express a unique toxin cocktail dominated by enzymes and a neurotoxin (From Molecular Biology and Evolution Journal; follow … Continue reading

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Dandelion Doggerel

Just thirty million years ago, taraxacum came from Eurasia   “The tarashaquq”, scientist Al-Razi then wrote “is like chicory“…   It has many names: dog’s lettuce, mole’s salad too yes, dent de lion   Blowball, cankerwort doon-head clock, witch’s gowan … Continue reading

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Ziziphus Haiku

Ziziphus trumps sisyphus. What a pinnacle of a tree for Z! Hail the wonderful Ziziphus Mucronata (Willd), Blinkblaar-wag-‘n-bietjie, Jujubier de la hyène, Juba plant (in The Love Potion)  of Herman Charles Bosman, the ultimate aphrodisiac! Now, please head on  over to Catch 26 and … Continue reading

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Toadily not Boring Almost-Haiku

Related articles Another freak of nature: the Emei moustache toad (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com) Male-Biased Sexual-Size Dimorphism…, PLOS ONE Reproductive Behaviour and Underwater Calls in the Emei MOustache Toad (academia.edu)

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Legless Lizard Haiku

Legless lizards are fascinating creatures… (not a lounge lizard! it has eye lids, ears, cloaca its forked tongue hisses) Related articles Picture of the Day: Gecko Half the Size of a Human Thumbnail Smiles for the Camera (news.softpedia.com) Eastern Glass … Continue reading

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Carrier Shell Haiku

(Xenophoridae are neither xenophobic(s) nor phoridae, obviously…) Here you can see the snail cementing a decoration onto its shell, as it rests on the ocean floor.  What a nifty proboscis it has! Related articles She’ll Haiku (Musings without a Muse) Landscapes with Rider (haikumatters.wordpress.com) Haiku (rain) … Continue reading

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KnobHead Haiku

Bunostegos akokanensis (h/t to bulbous head) Related articles Lumpy, Cow-Sized Bunostegos Roamed Isolated Desert 260 Million Years Ago (hngn.com)

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