A recently discovered G tridens fruitfly that has evolved a to have images of detailed, ant-like insects on each wing, complete with six legs, a thorax, antennae and a tapered abdomen. The fly uses the images defensively, waving them back and forth when threatened to create the illusion of massing ants. Many G Tridens varieties bear elaborate wing markings, but this one, discovered in Oman, is very striking. I think more beasties should have van-art bestowed on them by the strange world of evolution.
Dr Howarth first saw G tridens on an oleander shrub in northern Oman. "I was looking at the stem of the leaves and I noticed that there were some insects crawling around. When I sort of honed in I started to notice what I thought was a couple of ants moving around."
At first she suspected an infestation on the fly's wings. "But it was so symmetrical that I thought, 'oh this is not possible'. When I got it under the microscope I realised that these were insects painted onto the wings."
In contrast to its wings and brilliant green eyes, the fly's body is a dull greenish grey - "almost cryptically coloured," says Dr Howarth - that blends into the leaves where it is found.
When threatened, the fly flashes its wings to give the appearance of ants walking back and forth. The predator gets confused and the fly zips off.
Fruit fly with the wings of beauty [Anna Zacharias/The National]
Yesterday I posted the Violent Femmes' "Gone Daddy Gone." Here's another great song from 1983: Wall of Voodoo's "Mexican Radio."
Here's what frontman Stan Ridgway had to say about the song in a recent interview:In this world and this universe there is such a thing as timing. Wall of Voodoo was a band that came up in the late ‘70s and we were from the underground fooling around with electronics and all that sort of stuff. Out of the blue we got signed to a smaller label and as the trajectory went further so did the industry. The video for ‘Mexican Radio’ pretty much made it happen at that point. The song was a good calling card for the record. Anyone who bought ‘Mexican Radio’ and then listened to Call Of The Wild [I assume he meant "Call of the West" - Mark] found that there really wasn’t another ‘Mexican Radio’ on that record. That record was pretty dark so it was satisfying to actually get them into our wheelhouse with a piece of candy only to find there was a mousetrap waiting.
"Moment of Clarity," by David Hashimoto. Sydney, November 2013. A photograph by reader Mark Adrian Bell, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. This is one of many outdoor installations in the "Sculpture by the Sea" project.
Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities is a new, huge, beautiful look at his notebooks, scrapbooks and sketches. Flavorwire has a bunch of excerpts from the book that are quite fetching and wonderfully gruesome. Some of my favorites are below.
My friend and Cool Tools review website partner, Kevin Kelly, made a cool video about the making of his new book, Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities. He says: "The Whole Earth Catalog was a bible for DIYers in the last century. Cool Tools is the same for this century. Here is what you can expect from this huge oversized book."