About the MotmotExploring the natural world with pencil and paper from high atop a one-story bungalow in the middle of Oklahoma. Currently on sabbatical in Copenhagen, Denmark, until December, 2014.
Category Archives: Evolution
Our front yard has lost its lawn, piece by piece, in favor of more and more flowers. We have become an arthropod haven and refueling station for every bee, butterfly and hummingbird in the neighborhood. Pollinators need a little sanctuary … Continue reading
The word of the day: mucilage. Rolls right off the tongue. It’s a zoo out here. And a botanical garden. And a science camp, a steam bath and a cabinet of wonders all grabbled up in one writhing clump of … Continue reading
A flock of chestnut headed oropendolas, oriole relatives common to the Canal Zone of Panama, are establishing a colony in a bare-branched tree near our cabina on the hill. There are seven of them and they’ve just gotten started as … Continue reading
Over 100 degrees for a couple of weeks, things start to cook, including my mind. My potted plumeria has grown fresh leaves in the lurid heat; box turtles and tree frogs, disoriented, are wandering the deck and climbing the glass … Continue reading
There’s no one simple answer as to why the rainforest is so diverse; keen minds have worked hard at the problem. For example, why are so many different species of trees found in the tropics? One answer: pests at work. … Continue reading
New blog alert! Mike the Ant Man has just revived the “Ant Lab in Panama” blog, with all new students, and all new experiments to ooh and aah over. Take a look into the arcane and wondrous world of the … Continue reading