Category: Organism of the week

Organism of the week #2 – Now wash your hands

Phycomyces blakesleeanus [CC-BY-SA-3.0 Steve Cook]

I have delusions of being a competent recogniser of things that turn up in UK gardens, but when this started growing in what had previously been a pot of basil in the garden, I was clueless: It looked a little like moss from a distance, but the bibbly bobblies were most certainly not moss-like close-up, …

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Organism of the week #1 – Chimaera

+Laburnocytisus adamii [CC-BY-2.0 Alex Lomas]

I’ve been neglecting the blog of late, for reasons too dreary to explain. So I am taking the astonishingly original step of racking up a load of pretty pictures of organisms to release on a semi-regular basis. I am creativity incarnate. Today, +Laburnocytisus ‘Adamii’. Technically, this is a bit of a cheat for an organism of …

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Domestic science

Salticus scenicus [CC-BY-SA-3.0 Steve Cook]

Humans share their homes with a surprising number of other species, even discounting the ones they deliberately import to serve as allergen distribution machines. Autumn is a particularly good time to go spotting the spiders that cohabit with us, as many of them are grown fat and sleek on the flies of summer, and are …

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