I am back but extremly jet-lagged, and I got nothing substantive today. Just be aware of that! Besides, looking at the comments on the Dawkins post, I see that people were pretty busy yesterday.
Diana MacPherson continues her documentation of the chipmunks in her yard, this time with an email containing three photos and the title, “An adorable sequence of chimpmunks grooming.” Her notes:
Here is one of the juvenile chipmunks. Sadly, he seems to be developing mange on his nose & maybe this is why he was grooming so much – it was also a rainy day so perhaps he was just getting clean after getting wet. I love his expression in the second picture, like he’s upset that he forgot something.I haven’t seen the really mangy one for a couple of days but when I do see her she is hoovering seeds. I suspect she is the mother & is pregnant.
And. . .as lagniappe here’s a beautiful
honeybee (Apis sp.) bumblebee (Bombus sp.) from reader Jason. I don’t know from bees, so if you know the species by all means weigh in below. The reader sent it as a “honeybee,” and although I’m okay on dipterans, I fail with hymenopterans.