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Monthly Archives: June 2013
During my Ph.D.-studies, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the so-called ‘Ant Course’. This is a course on ant taxonomy, and it was in Borneo that year. The course is organized by Dr. Brian Fisher, a curator … Continue reading
In Malaysia (among other places) exist the so-called ‘Kerangas’, forests which occur on nutrient-poor sandstone hills. Kerangas actually means ‘land which cannot grow rice’ in the Iban language. Being nutrient-poor, plants have a hard time growing there. One plant, called … Continue reading
In Mauritius, an island nation east of Madagascar, lives a plant species called Roussea simplex. This plant normally gets pollinated by the beautiful blue-tailed day-gecko (Phelsuma cepediana), a gecko that’s often kept as a pet. However, due to human activity, the … Continue reading
Remember my previous post about ants throwing rocks in the entrance of other nests? Turns out that there is another ant that takes this interference behaviour to a whole new level. In the Lower Sonoran desert, two ant species like … Continue reading
Imagine you are a newly born virgin ant queen. You have dreams of one day flying off, mating with a nice male (or even several!), getting settled somewhere, and start building your very own colony. But then…your dreams get shattered … Continue reading
As an organism, you basically have two things to worry about: 1) Surviving 2) Reproducing Both these things cost quite some energy. For the reproduction part, one often sees that males signal their quality to the female, which costs energy. … Continue reading