Thursday 25 March 2010

Bad Science Journalism

It's amazing how much science journalism doesn't quite cut the mustard (I love that phrase). I haven't even read the paper Geographic parthenogenesis and the common tea-tree stick insect of New Zealand yet - but I have some doubts about this article on Voxy: Sex? Female Stick Insects Can Take It Or Leave It.

For a start they have illustrated the article with a photograph of a praying mantis.

Monday 22 March 2010

Douglas Adams

Not much to do with inverts but a great and passionate communicator of science.

Thursday 18 March 2010

Giardia or Diardia?

I quite often get asked for information about insects that look like sticks but aren't stick insects. I rarely get asked about protozoans.

I recently got an e-mail asking for help controlling Diardia in somebody's water supply. Of course they don't actually have stick insects in their water supply (see The Myth of Semi-Aquatic Phasmids), but instead have the protozoan parasite Giardia.

Names are important, correct names more so!

Thursday 11 March 2010

Dressed Ants

ballerina ants
Originally uploaded by Tony Irwin's pics
Dressed fleas are quite a well known curiosity - but dressed ants?