Category Archives: Bugs and Insects

Ants – Be the Rainbow

Photo by Mohamed Babu/Solent News

Dr. Mohamad Babu of Myansor India has captured these images of ants as they fill their translucent abdomens with vibrantly colored drops of sugar water. He got the idea after his wife showed him how the ants’ abdomens turned white after drinking spilled milk. “As the ant’s abdomen is semi-transparent, the ants gain the colours as they sip the liquid,” says Dr. Babu. He also says the ants preferred yellow and green over blue and red. You can read more at The Daily Mail. Continue reading Ants – Be the Rainbow


Cicadas – Ugly Off-Key Summer Love

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Photo by David L. Govoni ©2012

Swarmageddon. The Great Eastern Brood. The warbling horde. This past summer was a season of apocalyptic cicada proportions for the Northeast. Billions of wriggling nymphs clawed their way out of the bowels of the earth around April or May, cast off their crunchy exoskeletons, and descended upon humanity in a red-eyed, chirpy mass. They were noisy, they were thirsty and they were looking for love. Continue reading Cicadas – Ugly Off-Key Summer Love