I Google-image searched this moth pic. Could it be the elusive “Moustiquaire”? And what does that have to do with oxpeckers?

Silly me. “Moustiquaire” is French for mosquito netting. I suppose this search result is a testament to the power of nature’s camouflage in that either my iPhone camera or Google image couldn’t detect this winged creature of the night but instead focused on the screen where it had alighted last summer. Not being a lepidopterist, I’m […]

Fever Pitch

I heard Sonia Shah give a thought-provoking talk last night at Politics & Prose here in DC about her fascinating new book, “The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years”. As she shows, the tendency of policy makers (and even scientists) to dither and overlook biological facts has aided the persistence of malaria […]