BBC Wildlife Magazine

Primate Behavior

My buddy Rich and I get into trouble, not drinking trouble mind you, or trouble with the law. No, we get into the kind of trouble where afterward you think, “shit, we could have died.” I have, in no particular order found myself in the middle of a river with Rich thinking, “we are not […]

December 31st, 2011|BBC Wildlife Magazine|

Sex, Lice, the Desert Nape (and Fred Olds Elementary School)

We loped naked out of Africa, dressed in little more than parasites. Early humans radiated into Europe and Asia clad in trematodes, tapeworms, bacteria, mites, and lice. We have come a long way from those cave-dwelling, howling, grunting, stone-pounding days. We have built skyscrapers where there were plains. We have landed on the moon. But […]

December 31st, 2011|BBC Wildlife Magazine|

A Kick in the P(ants)

As a child, I did not lie patiently on my belly to watch insects. I never had a beetle or butterfly collection. I was a reptile kid – snakes, salamanders, and turtles filled my dreams, days and terrariums. Like many entomologists, my early entomological forays consisted mostly of “the foot experiment.” To conduct this experiment, […]

December 31st, 2011|BBC Wildlife Magazine|

Are You Afraid of Spiders?

It’s one of the oldest stories. The dark forest, pregnant with possibilities, began as a kind of Eden. Each tender green cell grew unbothered by animals and subject only to the laws of physics, growth and competition.Then, slowly, the animals began to creep onto the shores. They were not yet sophisticated. They moved awkwardly among the acres of unprotected shoots. […]

October 8th, 2011|BBC Wildlife Magazine|

Remarkably Fowl

Not far from my home in North Carolina is the world’s densest population of chickens. They live in small cages, as close to each other as any animal ever is to any other animal. If the fowl rose up, they would be an army, but they do not rise up. They are numbed to their circumstances […]

March 9th, 2011|BBC Wildlife Magazine|

Of Ants and War

He was seven. His dad had just come back from the frontline in World War II, where he worked as a medic. The bombs had not yet fallen on Germany. But father and son did not discuss the war; instead, they talked about insects.

The pair went on long country walks to look for beetles, butterflies […]

December 15th, 2010|BBC Wildlife Magazine|

Adventures Among Ants (book review)

Mark Moffett is a macho ant dude. To photograph and study ants, he has spent much of his life dangling from branches, snapping images that remind us that there are other societies all around us – whether in the soil, leaf litter or tropical trees. In Adventures Among Ants, he takes us on a narrative-driven tour through their worlds.

Many books about ants have been written by biologists for the public. But Moffett’s view into their miniature cities is unique – few other authors have spent as much time as he has in the trees, where he has the advantage of being able to look down on us (literally) and across at the ants. […]

June 2nd, 2010|BBC Wildlife Magazine, Reviews|