Microscopic Face Mites

I am fascinated with the microscopic world and all that goes on that is not visible to the human eye. If you are prone to become squeamish, read no further. This is a good one. One of those microscopic worlds … Continue reading

Red-Winged Blackbirds

Not long ago I was out on a nearby trail and passed by a large bush down in a gulley – and the bush was singing. I couldn’t even see the birds among the branches, though it sounded like there … Continue reading

Bug B&B

I am now the proud owner of a B&B for bugs. Why would I want to do that, you ask? Good question! Over the past months I’ve taken a special interest in bugs and the fact that they run the … Continue reading

Under Water Sounds Encourage Coral Settlement

Coral reefs are magnificent and magical places. They are called the rain forests of the sea because despite covering only 1% of the sea floor, 25% of all marine life depend on reefs at some point in their life. The … Continue reading

Pigbutt Worm

The title of this post is not a typo or a joke. There really is a deep sea worm called a pigbutt worm. Not only that, but its Latin name, Chaetopterus pugaporcinus, means butt face. And while I haven’t spent … Continue reading

Silky Anteater

From the Files of the Odd, Overlooked and Unappreciated, I present the silky anteater. At first glance, the silky anteater looks like a cross between a lemur and a sloth. But no, it’s a fuzzy anteater the size of a … Continue reading

House finches tend to be overlooked and underappreciated. Perhaps it’s because they are so common. Or maybe it’s because they aren’t as flashy or gregarious as other birds. But have you ever heard them sing? While house finches are small … Continue reading


Zero is nothing, nada, zip, zilch. You can’t see 0 because it isn’t there. Zero represents the absence something, a relatively abstract concept. In fact as children we have to learn zero – we are not born with the ability … Continue reading

Giant Wasp

The Amazon is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth – there is so much we don’t know, so many species we are still unaware of. So the discovery of a new wasp in the Amazon is cause for … Continue reading

Terrific Tongues

Until recently I’ve never given much thought to tongues. Then I came across an article that talked about how humans have a tongue print, very much like a fingerprint. And like fingerprints, all tongue prints are unique to the individual. … Continue reading