Thank you superstufffish for your generous donation towards my research! I love that you said your whole family loves spiders!  I can’t even get some of my fellow biologist friends to love them!  
Here is perhaps my favorite spider from my trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon- the new-to-science “tiger tarantula”.  
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Thank you superstufffish for your generous donation towards my research! I love that you said your whole family loves spiders!  I can’t even get some of my fellow biologist friends to love them! 

Here is perhaps my favorite spider from my trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon- the new-to-science “tiger tarantula”.  

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Beneficial Bug of the Day:   Wheel Bug,  Arilus cristatus
These guys are awesome!   They are large predatory Assassin Bugs in the family Reduviidae.  They use their stabbing rostrum to suck up juices from their insect prey.  They are essentially harmless (could cause a painful bite), and very beneficial for your garden and the ecosystem.    Plus, they look like miniature dinosaurs!
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Beneficial Bug of the Day:   Wheel Bug,  Arilus cristatus

These guys are awesome!   They are large predatory Assassin Bugs in the family Reduviidae.  They use their stabbing rostrum to suck up juices from their insect prey.  They are essentially harmless (could cause a painful bite), and very beneficial for your garden and the ecosystem.    Plus, they look like miniature dinosaurs!

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Thank you, Stevegumby for your generous donation towards my research!  I love that photo of the jumping spider you just posted!  It’s an amazing photo.  
Moth in Santa Lucia, Ecuador
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Thank you, Stevegumby for your generous donation towards my research!  I love that photo of the jumping spider you just posted!  It’s an amazing photo. 

Moth in Santa Lucia, Ecuador

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AHHHHHHH!!! 
We are at 92% of the goal to get the funding for spider research in the Ecuadorian Amazon up and running!
THANK YOU!
Love,
Buggirl and the spiders!
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AHHHHHHH!!! 

We are at 92% of the goal to get the funding for spider research in the Ecuadorian Amazon up and running!

THANK YOU!

Love,

Buggirl and the spiders!

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Thank you, Timothea for your generous donation towards my research! Here is a lovely “leopard print” moth in Santa Lucia, Ecuador.
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Thank you, Timothea for your generous donation towards my research! Here is a lovely “leopard print” moth in Santa Lucia, Ecuador.

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do ants have dicks? i need to know asap

I find your urgency both amusing and puzzling.  Ants, as you would recognize them are all female- that is, the workers, Queen, and soldiers.  The colony is made up of sterile females and their mother.  So, no, the ants in your house or that you see wandering around do not have a penis.

However, there are male ants.  You may not realize they are ants, and they are rarely seen- as their sole purpose in life is to mate with new queens then die.  Those ants don’t have penises in the sense that mammals do- BUT they do have a similar organ called an aedeagus, that is used to secrete sperm into the female from their testes.

So, in short, yes male ants do have dicks.

Here is a photo (ant porn?) taken from: A Revision of Male Ants of the Malagasy Amblyoponinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) with Resurrections of the Genera Stigmatomma and Xymmer (Yoshimura and Fisher 2012).

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Thank you Joshfactorial for your generous donation towards my research.  And for your beautiful bug photos on Flickr 
Tiger Moth family, Santa Lucia, Ecuador
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Thank you Joshfactorial for your generous donation towards my research.  And for your beautiful bug photos on Flickr

Tiger Moth family, Santa Lucia, Ecuador

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Thank you, Stephen L. for your very generous donation towards my research!  I am hoping you see this, as I do not know your username, and the email I sent you got sent back.  If you do, please contact me!!
Tortoise Beetle, Maquipucuna, Ecuador
My research in Ecuador

Thank you, Stephen L. for your very generous donation towards my research!  I am hoping you see this, as I do not know your username, and the email I sent you got sent back.  If you do, please contact me!!

Tortoise Beetle, Maquipucuna, Ecuador

My research in Ecuador

Thank you, jennyrage for your generous pledge towards my research in the Amazon.  I like your headline: “Spiders and shit. Mostly spiders.”
Grasshopper in the Ecuadorian Amazon
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Thank you, jennyrage for your generous pledge towards my research in the Amazon.  I like your headline: “Spiders and shit. Mostly spiders.”

Grasshopper in the Ecuadorian Amazon

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buggirl:

TUMBLR GIVEAWAY!
My research campaign is going so well and I am so close to reaching my goal!  I am so grateful to all my supporters that I thought I should send a little thank you.  These custom bumper stickers were made by my prop maker sister.
The next ten people who donate $10 or more to my spider research in the Amazon will receive one of these!  PLEDGE HERE
THANK YOU for continued support.  (also message me your address, many of my emails are being lost in spam)
-buggirl

2 left!   And I’m 12% away from getting the funding!   Thank you!!

buggirl:

TUMBLR GIVEAWAY!

My research campaign is going so well and I am so close to reaching my goal!  I am so grateful to all my supporters that I thought I should send a little thank you.  These custom bumper stickers were made by my prop maker sister.

The next ten people who donate $10 or more to my spider research in the Amazon will receive one of these!  PLEDGE HERE

THANK YOU for continued support.  (also message me your address, many of my emails are being lost in spam)

-buggirl

2 left!   And I’m 12% away from getting the funding!   Thank you!!