Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category


An old picture I created a few years ago…


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Sticky insects

There’s a recent post over there at Bug Girl’s Blog commenting upon sex duration time in stick insects. As Bug Girl noted, there’s quite some confusion at the starting point (a tweet) as to what may be considered actual mating from pairing duration, and even the numbers don’t seem to match between the sexy factoid and the litterature available source.

Peruphasma schultei, mating triplet

Peruphasma schultei, mating triplet


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Amazonia. If you want chickens, there are several possibilities. One is to go to the next grocery, one that have a freezer (that is, at least a medium size grocery), and buy there a frozen chicken. You may also buy a live one to your neighbour, but that’s more expensive and you have to kill it yourself (and pluck and empty the beast, that’s more work but it’s not impossible).

Or there’s the other way. I’m going to tell you… (more…)

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Happy 2012!

Happy new year to you all. Joyeuse nouvelle année tout le monde!

May Seeds Aside reappear* on a regular basis… :-)


A butterfly on cashew tree. (That's for an happy new year!).

* I don’t know if that’s the correct orthograph, but I damn like it!

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Rapid Color Guides

Hey! I was almost complaining as to what I could do lacking any nature guide in here, and email send this link: rapid color guides. A few seem of interest to me right now…

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Sick alas

Just kidding, but so noisy my little boy was frightened first. Then he think they make great animals…

Not the least idea about the species name, but maybe some reader does?

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Cost of global taxonomy

In an outgoing edition of Trends in Ecology & Evolution*, you may find an interesting exercise in estimating the probable cost of the (quite huge) task of describing the whole animal kingdom (the whole “current”).

The basic assumptions are based on current lifetime species descriptions by professional systematicists, their salary (as I understand, correcting by the time allowed to fulfill other academic tasks such as teaching and administrative work needed), integrating the cost of forming and recruiting young taxonomists, and weighted by the actual needs for specialists (broadly defined following three categories: vertebrates, insects and other-non-vertebrate-organisms).

Then based on a rather generous estimated of species waiting to be descripted (6.8 billions), the estimated cost of having described the whole current animal species on earth is… (more…)

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