Circus of the Spineless – Edition #22

Welcome to the 22nd edition of Circus of the Spineless!

I considered coming up with a theme for this edition, but in the end, I went with the one unifying quality that I found as I made my way around the web from one blog to the next. I was time and again struck by the incredible beauty of so many of the images found in the posts that follow. I hope that visitors to this carnival will enjoy this wonderful collection of writing and photography from some of the best nature blogs around. So, without further ado, I send you on your way. Please enjoy.

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As always, at The Annotated Budak, Marcus has served up a visual feast of incredible photos. If you’ve never visited his blog, you’re in for a treat in the four posts he submitted:
* Crabby night at Big Sister’s Island.
* Slugs, seaweed shrimp and suckers.
* Lots of Legs.
* Names on the fly, or a Dim Sum of Dollies

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Larry at Riverside Rambles, treats us to some examples of moth mimicry in Masters of Disguise and More Moth Tromp-l’oeil. He also introduces us to the Ralls County Assassin, and a certain Goldsmith.

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At Thomasburg Walks, Pamela has been spending quite a bit of time studying spiders. She has a mystery Jumping Spider awaiting identification (can anyone help with an ID?), and a nice collection of Misumena vatia to share with us.

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At Milkriver blog, Tony has posted photos of some Big Springs Ode Rareties.

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Fred at Fragments from Floyd shares photos of Forficula auricularia, and a wonderful example of Dimorphism.

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At Anna’s Medlar Comfits, see a Cocoon, by day and night, and Portraits of muck in a rainbarrel’s lid: The Invertebrates of Illawarra.

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At his new blog, iSpiders, David provides us with a taste of the politics behind taxonomy & nomenclature in his recent piece on Salticus scenicus (Clerck, 1757).

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Visit BioBlog to learn about the fascinating Diachasmimorpha juglandis, and Carnivorous Hawaiian caterpillars.

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Rebecca at Pocahontas County Fare introduces us to Meed Bugs on Indian Hemp, a Big-eyed Bug, and a Luna Moth in the Laundry.

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Susannah at Wanderin’ Weeta reveals a glimpse of a Soft and Cuddly creature — but is it really? That’s for you to decide.

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At Sisu, a moth and a cat share a garden in Spring Fancies.

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Aydin at Snail’s Tales enlightens us with his analysis and photo essay of What the slug had eaten for dinner.

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At Bootstrap Analysis, Nutchatch writes about an encounter with the thing that came from the tree.

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Jennifer at Invasive Species Weblog, posting on location from Cornell University’s Citizen Science Project Toolkit Conference, reports on the Great Lakes Worm Watch and provides some accompanying photos. She also tells us about a horrid buck moth caterpillar.

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John at A DC Birding Blog has provided a review of Lang Elliott and Wil Hershberger’s new book and sound CD, The Songs of Insects.

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Mike at 10,000 Birds sends along an excellent photo essay on Learning Butterflies by Corey, one of the new voices on his blog.

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At Andrea’s Buzzing About, she has posted photos and text of the Beautiful Butterflies, Bees, and Bugs that have been active in her garden over the past few weeks.

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Summer at Bird Watchers Notebook sends us a short essay on why she is feeling Just a Little Bugged.

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At The Other 95%, Kevin writes about how Tahitian Tree Snails survived mass extirpation by heading to the mountains.

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In my own wanderings around favourite blogs this month, I came across a few pieces that I’d like to share:

* at Dave’s Via Negativa, two posts that might make you pause to think for a moment — On Deciding Not to Travel, and False Faces.

* at Laura’s Somewhere in NJ, she invites us to a puddle party and also illustrates how bunnies are not the only ones who enjoy good things from the herb garden.

* at Wayne’s blog Niches, there’s a nice series of posts on spiders found in his bog garden. Find them here, here, and here.

* at Celeste’s Dzonoqua’s Whistle, some great photos of the creatures in the Cape Kiwanda Tide Pools.

* at Doug’s Gossamer Tapestry, some neat creatures seen on a biology-related road trip.

And to wind things up, here are few recent posts from my own blog that I thought visiting readers might enjoy:
* Moms at Work, and A Little Special.
* Fabulous Fakes and Insect Art.
* My Latest Discovery.
* and some phenology-related posts: Like Clockwork, and They’re Hatching.

That’s it for this edition of Circus of the Spineless. I hope that all of the above links are working. At this time, my net connection is so thoroughly dreadful that it was all I could do to put this edition together, so I won’t be checking this post too carefully. If anyone finds an error, please email me so that I can make a correction. My thanks to all of the contributors for your wonderful submissions! The next Circus will be appearing at Roger’s most excellent Words & Pictures blog. Please email your submissions to him by July 30th.

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