22 Jul 2013

Ants are everywhere…we should get to know them better. They can be found in large numbers, even larger than other species on earth. For example, in a leafcutter ant nest, you would find that there are more ants than there are humans in villages, towns and cities combined in Panama.

23 Jun 2013

Hablemos en esta Luna de un árbol bastante frecuente en pueblos y ciudades de Panamá. En la Calzada de Amador y en los alrededores del Biomuseo también lo podemos encontrar. Árbol que da buena sombra y  crece rápido y tolera cuando es preciso, suelos donde otras especies no prosperan, como las cercanías del mar.

24 May 2013

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda claimed the following in his “Self-Portrait” (Autorretrato):


For my part I am or believe I am
hard of nose, minimal of eyes…

…slow in going…

…unrustable (sic) heart, fan of the stars…

…admirer of scarabs…

(Translation by Janine Pommy Vega, from the book Windows that Open Inward: Poems by Pablo Neruda, edited by Dennis Maloney)


In his biography, Neruda explains he was fascinated by beetles ever since he was a little kid. He used to look for beetles through the fallen leaves of the cloudy rainforest in Temuco, southern Chile, where he grew up. I am certain that Neruda was just like the entomologists* I know: he never lost the ability to marvel at these small bugs (*entomologists are biologists who study insects).