on the shoulders of giants eo wilson talk

EO Wilson Evolutionary Biologist: On the Shoulders of Giants Address

I have ants on my balcony, differnt types of ants. They’re mesmerising. My interest was piqued how did they even get there? That led me down the garden path 🙂 to find #EO Wilson. I’ve written about him before on the blog, if you’d like to read the posts, links are below the […]

pastel drawing of ant, urban ant

ANTS – Hymenopteara: Formicidae

In the quest for lessons from nature and particularly ants, some of their notable characteristics include the following:

* They display tremendous strength and determination. It is estimated that on the average they are able to carry 5x their own body weight.

* They help one another and display altruistic qualities. They work for the good of one another and they will even sacrifice their lives for the greater good of their community.

* They will not take from the mouth of others, yet they will give to others.

EO Wilson, Ed Wilson, Ant Expert, Photo by Sage Ross, Biologist extraordinar

The Ant Man – E.O. Wilson

I don’t think that he would be offended by my comparison of him to an ant. So how the heck can I say he is like an ant? Well, ants have 2 jaws – 1 to eat with and the other to carry food back to the nest. Like his beloved research subjects, EO Wilson provided nourishment to himself through his work and he too carried back food for thought to the biggest known nest of humans who occupy this place that we call earth.

butterfly on my balcony, balcony garden butterfly

Alien sighting or Butterfly ALERT! (peacock/inachis io)

Listen to the post here Here is a close-up of todays visitor to my balcony. Since I posted this earlier, I have identified it…the caterpillars like to feed on nettle and ironically, the night before sighting this lovely on the dog walk, I had mistaken some nettle for mint and grabbed a piece…ouch! […]

albina, albina dorme

Video Clip – O Pledoarie pentru albine

Dennis vanEngelsdorp: o pledoarie pentru albine – are traducere numai trebuie sa mergeti la linkul asta si sub video e altele limbajele pentru video clipuri…in plus puteti vedea text-ul pe dreapta. In sfârsitul am pus transcript în romaneste jos…. Despre clip-ul – Dennis vanEngelsdorp: o pledoarie pentru albine Albinele mor pe capete. De […]

albina, albina dorme

Our chubby winged friends – Bees

Some of my favorite winged friends are bees.   Bees are cute, scary and an integral part of the life cycle. Where would we be without them? They pollinate the worlds plants thus being symbolic of fertility and many make delicious honey too.  Even life itself is likened to their honey as a metaphor […]

sweet pea

First Blooms and Some Plant Challenges

The new moon brought with it many first blooms – Latyrus odoratus – sweet pea – A slow start from seed and a few were planted in different areas as an experiment.  One in particular the one that has its first flowers has grown the tallest, a couple alongside it are doing ok. […]

Alice in Wonderland, Caterpillar and Alice

Must have info for our friends – Lepidopter * Butterflies

The beauty of the butterfly has awed and inspired people throughout time. They are the muse for many artists as their life cycle from pupae to full winged beauty as a metaphor for death and rebirth is richly illustrated throughout literary and other forms of artistic works. One of the most famous texts to use this metaphor is Alice in Wonderland. Read more….

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