Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin. Blogger at Scientific American. Photographer down in the dirt.

Colobopsis - Alex Wild Photography — Colobopsis is a genus of arboreal ants with a primarily Holarctic, northern Neotropical, and Indo-Australian distribution. Many species have major workers with enlarged heads for blocking the nest entrances.

Ant Science in Brazil: A Photo Essay — If you follow Compound Eye, you are probably aware that we have been extremely boring since early May. So boring were we, in fact, that we haven't actually posted anything. We apologize for the dearth. Our absence was for good cause, though! Mrs. Myrmecos and I have been travelling through southern Brazil with only sporadic internet access.

Google tax deal: Taxing companies is after all just a stealthy way to tax people — Another day, another deluge of headlines about a multinational's tax affairs. It seems that Google's £130m payment is motivated, in part at least, by concerns over George Osborne's "diverted profits tax." He claims it's a great success, others describe the amount is "derisory ." Both miss the point spectacularly.

Labidus - Alex Wild Photography — Labidus is among the more commonly seen army ants in the new world tropics and subtropics. The genus contains several species, but only two are encountered in frequency. Labidus coecus tends to be more subterranean and lighter in color, while the darker, more slender Labidus praedator holds massive swarm raids both above and below ground.

The best peer-reviewed scientific figure ever — An actual figure, from an actual research paper: Source: Meyer-Rochow, V. B., Jozsef Gal. Pressures produced when penguins pooh - calculations on avian defaecation. Polar Biology. 31 October 2003. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.
Jan 20, 2016

RT @clmorgan: Let's all take a moment to revisit the all-time best scientific figure in a research paper:…

Gigantiops - Alex Wild Photography — Gigantiops is among the most distinctive ants of lowland Neotropical forests. This large, active formicine ant has flashy yellow antennae, enormous eyes, and runs with a unique skipping/jumping gait. The genus contains a single species, G. destructor.
Jan 13, 2016

In spite of its name, the amazonian ant Gigantiops destructor is a shy, skittish species.…

Mystrium - Alex Wild Photography — Mystrium is a poorly known amblyoponine ant that is sporadically encountered in the old world tropics and subtropics. These strange insects are probably specialist predators of other arthropods.

Ants Fighting - Alex Wild Photography

Pseudomyrmex - Alex Wild Photography — Pseudomyrmex is a largely tropical genus of elongate ants, usually arboreal, found throughout the warmer regions of the New World. Several Central American species have evolved complex and specialized relationships with the Acacia plants they inhabit.
Jan 04, 2016

A gallery of Pseudomyrmex!… First time I saw one alive I didn't know it was even an ant.

Public Domain - Alex Wild Photography — These images, created by Alex Wild, have been released into the public domain. They can be used in any context, including commercial, without prior permission. Enjoy!
Jan 01, 2016

Labidus praedator is an impressively swarmy army ant. New photo for the public domain!…

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Feb 10, 2016

(Just kidding about Florida- I enjoyed working at the Archbold Station in the 90s.)

Feb 10, 2016

Dear Supreme Court, Thanks for blocking carbon regulation. I never liked Florida anyway. #Climate

Feb 10, 2016

@humorkritik I was just surprised when some people were excited that I followed them (again), after I thought I'd followed them all along.

Feb 10, 2016

@CarinaDSLR Seems unlikely considering the nature of the accounts, but I suppose it's possible.

Feb 10, 2016

Twitter has been un-following me from random people this week. Odd.

Feb 10, 2016

@Kristin_Hook Also, we have an undergrad interested in Callosobruchus. We should coordinate your visit so you meet.

Feb 10, 2016

@Kristin_Hook Absolutely! We're open most days- just ping me ahead of time to make sure I'm in.

Feb 10, 2016

"here's the story of how Swedish roadkill became a 4 ton ice sculpture in Canada:"… Awesome, by John Hallmen.

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