The Circus of the Spineless #43

Welcome to the October 2009 edition of the Circus of the Spineless (#43)

I checked. There are rules for this invertebrate-oriented blog carnival. One of the rules says that there are two kinds of posts: writing about spineless critters and photography of spineless critters. Obviously, that rule was written before it became apparent that the two so often come together that you can’t really tell them apart.

This month’s submissions to the Circus of the Spineless web carnival represent an astonishing array of organisms and the full range of the kinds of interests people take in those organisms, and each post is illustrated with at least one, often many, very pretty pictures. I’ve taken a detail (usually) of one image from each post and used it below as illustration. Click the picture to visit the post!

For those of you who are here to see the bugs and stuff but have not been to Quiche Moraine before, I welcome you to poke around. This is an eclectic web site with three regular authors and a string of special featured guest authors. We address Minnesota things, political things, science, the arts, writing, and so on and so forth. We like to think of Quiche Moraine as a slower moving than average higher quality than average web site, much like most nature blogs seem to be.

The Circus of the Spineless has a web site all its own. Click here to visit it. There you will learn that the most recent edition was at Wandering Weeta and the next edition will be at Marmorkrebs. You can find the email to submit your posts at this about page.

Please visit each of the sites referenced below. StumbleUpon them, Digg them, FARK them, enjoy them. Point to this carnival on your blog so everyone can find it, and in so doing, find the excellent entries. This is a carnival. The carnival is a shameless promotion of what a community of bloggers thinks is worth promoting. So, let’s do that!

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The ubiquitous tiger beetle at Beetles In The Bush
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This ubiquitous species is restricted to nearly the entire North American continent and is found only in just about any habitat you can imagine.

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Weekend Bugs at 10,000 Birds
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Click the ladybug to see some of the nicest “bug” photography you’ll get anywhere.

I spent my weekend in upstate New York with Daisy visiting my folks and we had a good old time eating far too much food, having far too much fun, and, somewhat unfortunately, considering some of them were of the biting variety, seeing far too many bugs.

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Flight of the remote-controlled cyborg beetle at Neurophilosophy
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The miniaturized system developed by Sato and his colleagues is mounted onto the pronotum (the dorsal, or upper, plate of the exoskeleton), and consists of electrodes implanted into the brain and wing muscles.

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Moth Night: Zales at A DC Birding Blog
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Moths were already flying at dusk when Patrick and I arrived, and more gathered at the lamp as the evening grew darker. … The two types of lures attracted different sets of species, so it was best to check both at least once to get the most out of the event. Patrick and I walked the trail at least twice and spent plenty of time at the sheet. In the course of the evening, I saw several moth types I had not seen (or at least identified) previously.

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It’s National Moth Night(s) at 10,000 Birds
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…when you do take the time to look at moths they’re every bit as beautiful and variable as butterflies, and – usually – far better represented in terms of species in most gardens (or similarly easily-accessed piece of land).

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Crane Fly at A DC Birding Blog
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This large insect was sitting near the top of a picnic table umbrella at my uncle’s house. It sat without budging for a long time allowing many pictures, which was good because it was perched well above my head. This is one of the largest insects I have seen…

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Jaspers! at The Magpie’s Hoard
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I thought that only Sheffield folk called wasps “jaspers” but apparently the name is widely-used across the British Isles. Peter Marren believes that it is probably a corruption of the Old French word for wasp, guespe.

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A Walk in the Woods: 2 Insects and a Gastropod at Birder’s Lounge
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As I put this post together, I am reminded of how much I don’t know. No matter how much time I spend learning about birds, insects, mammals, native plants, etc – it seems like the body of knowledge I am attempting to learn keeps growing. Since I delight in new discoveries, this is exactly how I like it.

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Thatching Ants at Dave Ingram’s Natural History Blog
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While most people don’t like ants I find them quite fascinating. Thatching ants are entertaining to watch and are beneficial in controlling other insects. In addition, many species of birds visit the mound to use the ants for “anting” in an effort to rid themselves of skin parasites.

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Cave dwellers at Wanderin’ Weeta (With Waterfowl and Weeds)
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The crevices serve as hiding places for small critters. Saturday, I found a few baby slugs, a miniature harvestman, a tiny red mite. A millipede took off running as I lifted the stone. And of course, there had to be a sowbug; there always is.

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The jelly hunters at The House and Other Arctic Musings
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…As we caught it we began to see more and more jellies, and ended up with at least four different kinds. Collecting them in one of our blueberry picking containers.

That is all. Thank you for visiting.

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