The Battle for the Great Acacia Part 2: The Mimic

*For an introduction to this story and to read Part 1, go to this link: lifethroughgreentintedglasses.blog/2020/05/30/the-battle-for-the-great-acacia-part-1/   Espionage had never been a successful tactic for outsiders trying to steal the Great Acacia tree’s resources. The huge, thriving ferruginea colony monitored every inch of the tree from sun up till sun up again. But this time, […]

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The Battle for the Great Acacia [Part 1]

Introduction: Vachellia cornigera is a type of Acacia tree commonly known as a “myrmecophyte.” The term ‘myrmecophyte’ refers to its symbiotic relationship with ants. Pseudomyrmex ferruginea is one of these ant species that has built a relationship with the Acacia tree, and this particular ant species is one of the most fiercely protective ant species […]

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“Feed Me Seymour!”

Despite the nightmares that we all experience as we recall the man-eating plant that Seymour grew in the hit horror musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” natural selection has not yet yielded a species of plant that feeds on humans. But as humans, we sure do like to imagine the possibilities! Ever since carnivorous plants were […]

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A Bizarre Companionship

Some things naturally go together: peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, or chocolate and bacon (or is that just me?). In nature, there are other combinations that are very bizarre and unlikely. Different combinations of living things will join forces to help each other survive. We call this ‘mutualism,’ it is a type of […]

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Celebration of the Beetle

As I join my family around the dinner table this Thanksgiving, I look forward to the tradition of sharing various things we are thankful for. My family knows me as the crazy/cool science guy so naturally I have a unique response to what I am thankful for this year–BEETLES. As an amateur entomologist, beetles are […]

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A Tribute to Robert Hooke

The breaking down of food within our bodies to create energy, the signals sent to our motor neurons from the brain causing our hands to react just in time and catch the baseball, and natural regeneration of skin after receiving a nasty paper cut. All of these phenomena are made possible by amazing things called […]

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Evolutionary Mash-up: Seahorse

Welcome back to Evolutionary Mash-up! Last week we learned about the fairy shrimp and its ability to produce eggs that can dry up and survive in harsh living conditions until suitable living conditions occur again. This week we take a look at the seahorse and discuss why it contains traits that would be helpful to […]

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