It's about time I told you about pill bugs. You would be forgiven for thinking I refer to some sort of oblong Hemipteran (i.e. true bugs, which the title "bug" should truly accord with). The reality is that I could be referring to one of two quite taxonomically distinct animals. One would be forgiven for … Continue reading Pilling in the name of
Rolling in money spiders
Arachnophobes often recoil at the arrival of a leggy speck of black on their clothes during a peaceful stroll. Fear not, it is but a money spider!
Is it wrong to have our heads in the clouds?
Have you ever seen a gull drumming its feet up and down on the grass, a hive of honeybees perform their peculiar ‘waggle dance’ or two squirrels flicking their tails at one another as if in conversation, and wondered why?
Ecological Philosophy: Biophilia
One of the most important philosophies underpinning ecology and conservation is ‘biophilia’, which broadly describes the innate connection humans have with other organisms. It’s an idea that’s been touched upon many times independently to varying degrees by different philosophers and groups, but really found its most distilled and defensible form with E. O. Wilson’s book … Continue reading Ecological Philosophy: Biophilia
Dangers on the Web: the Internet of Biological Things
New internet technologies permeate biological sciences, expanding the boundaries of possibility, but is this safe?
Why care about ants?
They march along the dense tangle of vines and branches of tropical jungle, across the undergrowth of the world’s boreal forests, over the scorching crests of sand dunes, and even on the hot tarmac of our city streets. Ants are to be found almost everywhere we care to look.