Top 2016 Arthropod Books

These are my picks for the top five arthropod books published in 2016, including a diving beetle catalogue, mites, and extracellular matrices. YMMV, and they are not ranked in any way. Included are the text blurbs; personal reviews available on request! Want more book recommendations? Check out the other top …

Top 2015 Popular Arthropod Books

These are my top 5 popular arthropod biology books for 2015. Field guides, cultural histories, and a cookbook. Personal reviews available on request! See the rest of this year’s book recommendations here! The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore by Richard Schweid [University Of Chicago Press, Paperback] Price: …

Do insects have taste buds?

They don’t have “taste buds” as in vertebrates, but they do have plenty of receptors that allow them to taste. Keep in mind that generally, the taste and smell sensations are tightly-linked in insects (but it varies: bees smell much more than they taste, for example). Note that I’m basing …

How do ants navigate?

For much more information, see my dedicated article on navigation in ants. For long-distance navigation, ants use their eyes – they can see the polarisation patterns produced by star-/sun-/moonlight and use them as compasses. Forest ants, who can’t see the sky, memorise the silhouette of the canopy and make a map …

Do figs contain wasps?

Yes, some figs will contain wasp eggs/larvae/pupae, depending on the time of the year and where you live. The adults do not stay in the fig though. But unless you’re blind or distracted while eating, you’ll notice if something is wrong – the fig will be thinner and, well, there are animals …