Sunday, 31 October 2010

An editorial issue......

A few months ago there was a publication I wrote on phasmid foodplants in Practical Reptile Keeping magazine: The Food Plants of Phasmids. I supplied a few photos of plants, but the editor added a few other photographs, one of them of a procsopid grasshopper. Particularly embarrassing as I wrote this blog post earlier in the year: Not a phasmid.....

The motto of this story is to always insist on seeing final page proofs!

Friday, 29 October 2010

Species of the day: Lord Howe Island Phasmid

A piece I wrote on the Lord Howe Island Phasmid, Dryococelus australis, has been published as species of the day on the Natural History Museum website: Dryococelus australis.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Some endangered orthopteroids

The IUCN Grasshopper Specialist Group (that also covers other orthopteroid insect orders such as stick insects and mantids) has contributed a number of pages to the IUCN Red List Species of the Day. For a list so far please visit the GSG Species of the Day page.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

How to make a human-cockroach hybrid... (aka strange cockroach porn)

This was sent to me by an esteemed colleague at a major institution, somewhere in the world, to follow up on some strange things on cockroaches and snails I found down the back of the internet.

It seems there may be quite a market for invertebrate-human pornography of various kinds.

Indeed the photograph above is taken from a post discussing some historical Japanese erotica, which is perhaps not for the faint of heart.

Just in case you think this is a new thing then check out this rather old example of inter-species love:

It turns out that people have desired, or at least thought about intimate relationships with impressive looking invertebrates for centuries.

Which doesn't make it OK, or less weird......