It’s 6ºF (-14ºC) here in central Illinois. Can’t do much about that, but here are some shots of warmer times and warmer places.
Eusattus dilatatus – dune darkling beetle (Tenebrionidae) California, USA Sand dunes are an unusual habitat, and the creatures found on them are equally odd. One of the more charismatic dune endemics is Eusattus dilatatus, a large darkling beetle found in southern California. This scavenging insect has long legs for digging and a waxy cuticle to [...]
In our front yard we’ve got a busy nest of Pogonomyrmex rugosus seed harvesting ants. Warming weather brought them out for the first time last week, and every now and again I go out to see what they’re up to. Lots of digging, it seems. Pogonomyrmex is greek for “Bearded Ant”, named 150 years ago [...]
“I went out collecting with Albert Way of Trinity, who in after years became a well-known archaeologist; also with H. Thompson, afterwards a leading agriculturalist, chairman of a great railway, and a Member of Parliament. It seems therefore that a taste for collecting beetles is some indication of future success in life.” – Charles Darwin [...]
The Saguaro might, one could fancy, be a tree designed by someone who had never seen a tree. -Donald Culross Peattie, 1950