Monday, September 17, 2007

The Bug Edition

A few interesting things this week, all about bugs!

A massive spider web in Texas made by many cooperative spiders. The thing that is the most interesting is that the spiders were of many different species! I think this could be an example of nature making a stab at an evolutionary jump in the manner of Stephen Jay Gould's theory of Punctuated Equilibrium. Perhaps species such as these would eventually co-evolve to have a permanent relationship with each other.

A guy in England put a bell jar over his bee box to get a visible honeycomb. It's pretty cool!

Our poor bun had a tick on her eyelid! Very yucky. I've only seen a few ticks in my life (one on me when I was very small!), and I've *never* seen one in Seattle. JoJo got this one from our own back yard! *shudder*. She must have got it from her gravel-pit hole we let her dig in. Maybe other animals go in there at night. JoJo does not like to be picked up, but she was perfectly still and relaxed as I held her. JoJo does like to have her eyes stroked, so I guess she knew we were grooming her. Michael pullllllllllled at the tick with tweezers, stretching her eyelid way out until the tick popped out with a metallic "tick" sound. We figure that's why they're called ticks. The tick was very tiny, otherwise you know I would have taken a picture to gross you out with!

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

THe but also EEK! I do not like spiders.

The bees....very cool! I loved the final pics on his blog.

the tick...EWW! I have never seen one around here. Poor Jojo. I hope her eye is feeling better. Ick ick ick ick and did I mention ick?