Sunday, May 15, 2011

On The Wonder Of Arthropods
Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time has probably noticed my love for arthropods. Insects, spiders, centipedes, and even crustaceans fascinate me to no end.

Think about it. Wherever you are, right now, get up and go outside. I guarantee you it will take less than ten minutes to find a fascinating arthropod.

They are everywhere. On the land, in the sea, burrowing through the rich earth. They were the first organisms to spread wings and conquer the sky.

Basically, they are flat out amazing.
Bees in central america gather scent compounds from orchids and carry them around like perfume. Dragonfly nymphs prowl the waters and prey on fish and amphibians. Spiders drift into the sky on silken sails and are the first organisms to fall to earth on newly formed islands.

There is a predatory beetle that runs so fast it goes blind while in motion. Another beetle mixes chemicals in it's abdomen and shoots the napalm-like mixture from it's abdomen like a fiery water gun.

In closing, I pretty much love anything with an exoskeleton and that is not going to change anytime soon. I try to keep the natural wonders on this blog spread across a pretty even spectrum, but expect a preponderance of posts on insects and their kin.

If you are like many people out there, and you think
"bugs" are gross or in some way beneath you, then you probably don't belong here.

If you're like me, however, and you love all the organisms on this fabulous planet, then please come often and let me share these wonders with you.

I deeply thank you for the privilege.


  1. Oh..I love bugs..the colors, the intricate dull the world will be without them..once you've learnt of their nature and symbiosis relationship to this planet..then you'll be in awe of them..

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  3. I like nature, flowers, bugs, they make the world a more beautiful.

  4. An interesting article for bug lovers, like me.