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Attention! Attention! Taxonomy Pun Contest!

Attention! Attention! Calling all Taxonomy Pundits*! In honor of our great appreciation for those who love to order, classify, categorize, group, arrange, grade and rank (and just in time for Taxonomist Appreciation Day), Buzz Hoot Roar is proud to announce its first-ever pun contest.  Here’s how it works:  Tweet us your best taxonomy-related pun by Friday, February 28. We’ll select our five favorites.  Winners will receive: their puns illustrated on Buzz Hoot Roar’s blog, a set of printed greeting cards to share with the taxonomists in their lives, and a BHR super-soft T-shirt.  Let the witticisms begin! *No pun intended.

By |February 25th, 2014|Other Science|3 Comments

Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants of New York City

The FREE iBook “Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants of New York City” (written by Roar, edited by Buzz, and designed by Hoot) is out and available for download. While we know a bunch about who’s crawling underfoot in exotic lands like rainforests, we often overlook who’s sneaking around our own backyards and across our kitchen counters.

Here are three common New York City (and United States) ants we’d like you to meet:

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The books feature amazing photography by Alex Wild, the World’s Best Ant Photographer. It was written for the Your Wild Life team with the support of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (that’s how it’s free!). Download your free copy of “Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants of New York City”  or “Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants” to read more here.

 

By |February 19th, 2014|Bugs|2 Comments

Our Valentine to You

Too shy to tell your crush you’re into her? Want a way to wow your sweetie? Let your bestie know he’s . . . um . . . the best? Let these awesome BHR-approved Valentines do the talking for you! Just e-share, or print and clip! And happy heart day!

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Download high-res versions for printing here.

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Emily Millette is a designer living in North Carolina.  Follow her on Twitter @emilymillette.

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Insect Valentines by Emily Millette is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

By |February 14th, 2014|Bugs|0 Comments

5 Insects That Might Make Okay Boyfriends…

When it comes to being an awesome boyfriend, sometimes all it takes is a little love and affection. And presents. Lots of presents. Maybe presents during love and affection.

Just so we know not all insects make terrible lovers, here are a few that might not be so bad:

1. Scorpionflies

millette_scorpionflies_022. Decorated crickets

millette_crickets_023. Burnet moths

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4. German cockroaches

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5. Giant water bugs

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Check our facts!

1 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347209002553

2  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347207002552

3 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031942211001105

4 http://www.sciencedirect.com.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/science/article/pii/S0022191009001930

5 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347200915070

*Cockroach expert Coby Schal tells us the roach nuptial gift is a combination of sugar and phospholipid (lecithin), the two critical ingredients in chocolate (minus the cacao)!

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Emily Millette is a designer living in North Carolina.  Follow her on Twitter @emilymillette.

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By |February 13th, 2014|Bugs|4 Comments

There’s No Such Thing as Organic Honey, Lady!

We at Buzz Hoot Roar have something very important to tell you: There’s no such thing as organic honey.

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By Roar and Katie McKissick. AKA Beatrice the Biologist, McKissick is a blog and science comic that hopes to make science fun and interesting for the casual reader. Visit www.beatricebiologist.com to see more of her work, and follower her on Facebook and Twitter.

By |February 5th, 2014|Bugs|14 Comments