Posts Tagged: insects

I Will Not Die for You

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Each bug in the water is one less bug on my fruit, I tell myself, ignoring the truth: under the soil, another is born. ...more

The Election and the Ash Borer

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Does it matter what words a sign says when a symbol says so much more? A white X. A carved swastika. Things get torn down from less. ...more

Translating Kafka into Japanese

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The Berlin-based author Yoko Tawada recently remarked that one of the difficulties she faced when translating Kafka’s short story “Metamorphosis” into Japanese was that the associations Japanese people had with insects—even presumably giant beetles—were different to those of Europeans.

In the Japan Times, Damian Flanagan traces the difficulties of translating “insect literature.”

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The Prettiest Cocoons You’ll Ever See

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If magpies can nick our shiny objects for their own purposes, why not other animals?

French artist Hubert Duprat puts jewels in the aquariums of caddis fly larvae, obliging them to build their cocoon-like sheaths out of materials like gold and diamonds.

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Science Saturday

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We begin with death today, specifically the smell of it. Apparently, insects all emit the same blend of fatty acids when they die, and that smell sends them scurrying.

High cholesterol may reduce sexual arousal in women.

Geckos can self-amputate their tails, which is a neat trick, but apparently the tails can twitch and flip for up to half an hour after amputation, serving as a distraction to predators.

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