quinta-feira, 21 de junho de 2012

One video we made some years ago

English and Spanish captions available!

Please if any readers can help me ID the cockroaches showing in this video, it would be GREAT! I would like to add species to the video description.

quarta-feira, 20 de junho de 2012

This is a very intriguing video, I totally recommend it.

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terça-feira, 19 de junho de 2012

Would you like to be a beetle?

This is the most frequently found myrmecophyle inside fire ant nests. Myrmecophyles are insects which live among ants. Just imagine being surrounded by these aggressive little devils... well, it doesn't seem to mind.

segunda-feira, 18 de junho de 2012

Ain't it cute?

Everyday I get a passionate kiss and hug from my daughters. They love me. 

New Link Page to My Papers

Links to my online curricula, where my papers and other published materials can be found:

Currículo Lattes
Research Gate
Google Scholar

My published papers can be downloaded from the updated web links given below:

Rapid configuration analysis of the solenopsins. Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 2012

On the paper "On the morphology of the immature stages of Paratrechina longicornis (Formicidae: Formicinae)". Journal of Errology, 2012

Comparative Immature Morphology of Brazilian Fire Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Solenopsis). Psyche: A Journal of Entomology, v. 2012, p. 1-10, 2012.

The preimaginal stages of the ensign wasp Evania appendigaster (Hymenoptera, Evaniidae), a cockroach egg predator. Invertebrate Biology, 2012. 

On the morphology of the worker immatures of the leafcutter ant Atta sexdens Linnaeus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Microscopy Research and Technique, 2012.

The larval morphology and nest habits of Trypoxylon (Trypargilum) rogenhoferi Kohl 1884. Zootaxa (Auckland. Print), v. 3251, p. 47-56, 2012.

Intraspecific and Intracolonial Variation in the Profile of Venom Alkaloids and Cuticular Hydrocarbons of the Fire Ant Solenopsis saevissima Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche: A Journal of Entomology, v. 2012, p. 1-10, 2012. 

Compared morphology of the immatures of males of two urban ant species of Camponotus. Journal of Insect Science (Online), v. 2012, p. 1-15, 2012.

Description of the Immatures of the Ant, Myrmelachysta catharinae. Journal of Insect Science (Online), v. 11, p. 1-9, 2011. 

Morphological Notes on the Worker and Queen Larvae of the Thief Ant Solenopsis helena (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae) from Brazil. The Florida Entomologist, v. 94, p. 909-915, 2011.

Effects of different temperatures on the life history of Evania appendigaster L. (Hymenoptera: Evaniidae), a solitary oothecal parasitoid of Periplaneta americana L. (Dictyoptera: Blattidae). Biological Control, v. 52, p. 104-109, 2010.

Morphological Description of the Immatures of the Ant Monomorium floricola. Journal of Insect Science (Online), v. 10, p. 1-17, 2010. 

General Morphology and Ultrastructure of the Venom Apparatus and Convoluted Gland of the Fire Ant, Solenopsis saevissima. Journal of Insect Science (Online), v. 10, p. 1-11, 2010. 

Description of the immatures of Linepithema humile Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Biological Research (Print), v. 43, p. 19-30, 2010. 

Morphological studies on the mature worker larvae of Paratrechina fulva (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Sociobiology, v. 55, p. 1-11, 2010.

Description of the Larvae of Tapinoma melanocephalum (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The Florida Entomologist, v. 93, p. 243-247, 2010. 

Description of the Immatures of Workers of the Ant Camponotus vittatus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The Florida Entomologist, v. 93, p. 265-276, 2010.

Preliminary List of Microfungi Found in Paratrechina longicornis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The Florida Entomologist, v. 93, p. 651-653, 2010.

Description of the immatures of workers of the ant Linepithema micans Forel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Microscopy Research and Technique (Print),  2010.

Immatures of Nesticodes rufipes (Aranea, Theridiidae) causing considerable damage to ant colonies in the laboratory. Sociobiology, v. 53, p. 71-77, 2009.

Description of the Immatures of the Workers of the Weaver Ant, Camponotus (senex) textor (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology, v. 54, p. 541-559, 2009.

New Nicoletiidae (Zygentoma: Insecta) from Brazil Living in Fire Ant nests. Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia (USP.Museu de Zoologia. Impresso), v. 49, p. 467-475, 2009.

Notes on the Biology and Behaviour of the Jewel Wasp, Ampulex compressa (Fabricius, 1781) (Hymenoptera; Ampulicidae), in the Laboratory, Including First Record of Gregarious Reproduction. Entomological News, v. 120, p. 430-437, 2009. 

Thermal requirements for the embryonic development of Periplaneta americana (L.) (Dictyoptera: Blattidae) with potential application in mass-rearing of egg parasitoids. Biological Control, v. 47, p. 268-272, 2008.

On the immature stages of the crazy ant Paratrechina longicornis (Latreille 1802) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa (Auckland), v. 1503, p. 1-11, 2007.

Biological characteristics of Evania appendigaster (L.) (Hymenoptera: Evaniidae) in different densities of Periplaneta americana (L.) oothecae (Blattodea: Blattidae). Biological Control, Inglaterra, v. 36, n. 2, p. 183-188, 2006.

New Paper on the Journal of Errology

I am one of the founders of the controversial Journal of Errology, as announced and discussed online in another blog here.

Well, after a long while adjusting practical matters we received a number of submissions which missed the true scope of our journal, as detailed here.

Thus we decided to publish an inauguratory paper to inspire further authors. I am proud to announce that I wrote this paper on the matter of larval morphology, discussing one of my previously published papers, on the larvae of the Crazy Ant.

Well, a link to my inauguratory paper is given here. I will add an excerpt below. Please note that anyone can comment and share the paper, thus never hesitate to leave your impressions there.

"My first ant larval description was made with an invasive pest of planetary distribution, the crazy ant Paratrechina longicornis (Formicidae: Formicinae). In fact that was my third paper in life, and the first to be done without the assistance of some more experienced researcher. This summarizes why this account should be useful to readers of the Journal of Errology. I made a lot of mistakes yet in the end succeeded in establishing myself fairly in this area of study. I will report on difficulties with this paper mistakes and what I learnt from them."

Reviving this blog

I am really sorry for having been away for such a long long while. Writing many papers and getting many things going has really consumed my mind over the whole of last year. I will now slowly proceed to revive and reformulate this blog. It needs pictures. It needs links. It needs polemic issues. I will provide those, and hopefully I will get more visitors and comments.

Let us begin!