Tag Archives: Taxonomy

Species, their names, and the people who named them.

Reading is a good pastime during the isolation most of us experience due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Recently I have been reading books that grapple with evolution, the species concept, and the naming of species (I also have read about … Continue reading

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Observations by a Backyard Naturalist III: Insects

“Every kid has a bug period… I never grew out of mine.” Edward O. Wilson When we consider biodiversity, no single taxonomic group that we can readily observe comes close to the insects. The estimates of the number of extant … Continue reading

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Observations by a Backyard Naturalist II: Invertebrates Other than Insects

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau For as long as I can remember, insects, spiders and other arthropods have fascinated me. Some of my earliest memories include watching huge European fishing … Continue reading

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Boxes, little boxes, but they are not all the same

Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky,1 Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes all the same. There’s a green one and a pink one And a blue one and a yellow one, And they’re all … Continue reading

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A naturalist’s brain exercise

The online game Lumosity has been touted as being beneficial in keeping an aging brain from seizing up. The company that has marketed the game has gotten themselves in a bit of trouble because of marketing tactics and a general … Continue reading

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