African Tuesday: Matabele ants of Gorongosa

Shortly after arriving in the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique I witnessed a puzzling phenomenon: while exploring the network of roads in the woodland savannas of the park our local driver would barely slow down to avoid hitting antelopes and warthogs, but immediately slammed on the brakes if he noticed a long column of large…

Tasty silk weavers

I gently squeezed the little green bulb between my teeth, and a lemony flavor flooded my mouth. I savored it for a second – Hmm, not too bad, I can totally see myself adding it to rice or some other bland food. I shook off my arm the remainder of the insects who were aggressively…

A record breaker in my neighborhood

When it comes to finding the world’s most [insert adjective] insect, one usually needs to go to some remote, usually tropical location. But it just happens that the world’s smallest cricket lives right around the corner from my house. The Eastern ant cricket (Myrmecophilus pergandei) is a remarkable and highly adaptable little creature. These insects…