Best of Things Biological, 2012
December 27, 2012 by allthingsbiological
Alex Wild (Myrmecos) and Ted MacRae (Beetles in the Bush) are well known entomologists who blog regarding various arthropods they encounter throughout the year. These exceptional ambassadors for the six- and eight-legged end each blogging year with a “Best of …” set of photographs that stand out personally for each of them.
Following Alex and Ted’s lead, I’m doing the same thing. I’ve selected thirteen shots that will hopefully allow others to experience some of what I experienced this year on the other side of the lens, as well as publicize some great opportunities for those with an interest in arthropod biology, macrophotography and/or a melding of the two!
Double-clicking each image will allow you options regarding image enlargement. The original link, which includes much more information, is included below each entry.
Here we go, and thanks for reading!
A Craigslist ad led to the $5 purchase of my first arboreal tarantula. Pink toe tarantulas (Avicularia avicularia) are native to South America, Costa Rica to Brazil, and the southern Caribbean. Original link – “Arboreal tarantula foot pads“
- One of the many beetles photographed in the Sonoran Desert during the 2012 Invertebrates in Education and Conservation Conference in Tucson, AZ, my favorite conference each year! Original link – “Invertebrates in Education and Conservation Conference, 2012“
Mexican vine snake (Oxybelis aeneus) photographed during the 2012 Invertebrates in Education and Conservation Conference in Tucson, AZ. Original link – “Brown vine snake (Oxybelis aeneus)“
- Leafhopper with brochosomes photographed during Bugshot 2012, my favorite workshop, at Archbold Biological Station in Venus, FL. The original link goes into much greater detail and includes links regarding brochosome structure and function. Original link – “Bugshot 2012, Leafhopper with brochosomes“
Aptenopedes aptera (Acrididae: Melanoplinae: Conalcaeini) at Archbold Biological Station in Venus, FL. This image links to my to-do list of items to investigate after the workshop. Original link – “Post-BugShot 2012 to-do list“