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Wayne's Trivia Note #537 (25 October 2018)

Tran the tarantula is now a resident at EcoVivarium in Escondido. My latest temporary house guest is a large mantid named Pat. This may be a Mediterranean mantid (Iris oratoria). EcoVivarium

Wayne's Trivia Note #538 (25 October 2018)

My living room is well-prepared for Halloween this fall!

Wayne's Trivia Note #539 (25 October 2018)

Honey bees do not discriminate between the brand of cars. This BMW was parked in the front parking lot at Palomar College.

A professor emeritus of entomology at Clemson University is writing a book about honey bees. One chapter concerns bee excrement on cars parked on campuses, a topic that I discussed about Palomar College: Mysterious Yellow Rain At Palomar College. In fact, he is using one of my images in his new book!

Wayne's Trivia Note #540 (1 November 2018)

Latest discoveries in ant midden at my home. There are 1.5 million described species of plants & animals. Researchers at Univ. of Arizona have estimated that there are roughly 2 billion species on Earth. Insects alone may include 40 million species and each insect species may be host to 10 unique bacterial species!

Wayne's Trivia Note #541 (3 November 2018)

Sunset view from my home in Twin Oaks Valley the day after Halloween 2018. Although I envy my dear friends & colleagues who moved to Oregon & Montana, we do have some nice sunsets here.

Wayne's Trivia Note #542 (9 November 2018)

I released "Pat" the mantid into my Lantana where it grabbed another mantid. I don't think this was mating behavior so I separated the two and fed them honey bees. I'm not even sure of their sex. See "Praying Mantis Controversy" on Wayne's Word "Sexual Suicide".

Wayne's Trivia Note #543 (9 November 2018)

South American imported fire ants have established colonies in Indio, CA. I placed a collection of these stinging ants in a dish of water to see if they instinctively formed an interconnected raft like a delicate lace doily. They did not disappoint me. More Images From Recent Indio Road Trip.

Wayne's Trivia Note #544 (25 November 2018)

Please forgive me for being somewhat negative at this happy time of the year, but I feel compelled to place a brief summary of California's most destructive wildfire with the greatest loss of life on my wildfire page. The town of Paradise was one of my favorite places in our beautiful state. Wayne's Word Fire Page.

Wayne's Trivia Note #545 (1 December 2018)

My Wayne's Word calendar for 2019 features only freight trains. As of today (1 Dec 2018), 6,544 days have passed since Day 1 of the 3rd Millennium and 21st Century. How time flies! BTW, 6 axle locomotives like in above photo can develop 6,000 hp!

Wayne's Trivia Note #546 (5 December 2018)

As a microphotographer, I have always wanted to photograph a snowflake. Unfortunately very few of these aggregations of ice crystals fall in Twin Oaks Valley. Image is from snowflake photographer extraordinaire Wilson Bentley of the early 1900s. See "The Science Of Snowflakes". According to Wikipedia, Wilson Bentley died of pneumonia at his farm on December 23, 1931 after walking home six miles in a blizzard. I must say he was truly a remarkable and dedicated man. His kaleidoscope of shapes & sizes are to this day some of the best I have ever seen, even though the images were taken a century ago.

Wayne's Trivia Note #547 (8 December 2018)

Although there are other Wayne's Word websites on the Internet, mine is officially registered with the United States Patent & Trademark Office. I did this in 1992 because the name was too close to Wayne's World the movie. So I can use an R with a circle around it! See Wayne's Word ® gifts at Network Solutions Website

Wayne's Trivia Note #548 (20 December 2018)

Merry Christmas from Wayne's Word in Twin Oaks Valley, San Marcos where I found 20 species of ants! Ants Of Twin Oaks Valley. This was an exceptionally clear day with Mt. San Gorgonio in distance.

Wayne's Trivia Note #549 (22 December 2018)

New Record For Fastest Moving Appendage:

According to F.J. Larabee, A.A. Smith and A.V. Suarez (12 Dec. 2018), writing in Royal Society Open Science, the jaws of dracula ant (Mystrium camillae) are the fastest moving appendage in the animal kingdom. Dracula ants get their common name from sucking blood of their larvae. Their record-breaking snaps are 5,000 times faster than the blink of an eye, and three times faster than the jaw-snapping speed of the trap-jaw ant, previously the fastest insect appendage known to scientists.

It takes only 0.000015 seconds for the mandibles of the Dracula ant to accelerate to their maximum speed. The ants produce their record-breaking snaps simply by pressing their jaws together so hard that they bend. This stores energy in one of the jaws, like a spring, until it slides past the other and lashes out with extraordinary speed and forceóreaching a maximum velocity of over 200 miles per hour. Unlike trap-jaw ants, whose powerful jaws snap closed from an open position, Dracula ants power up their mandibles by pressing the tips together, spring-loading them with internal stresses that release when one mandible slides across the other, similar to a human finger snap. The ants use this motion to stun other arthropod prey. The prey is then transported back to the nest, where it is fed to the antsí larvae. Photo courtesy of http://www.antweb.org

  See Dracula Ant Species On Palomar Mountain  

Wayne's Trivia Note #550 (24 December 2018)

Wayne's Trivia Note #551 (31 December 2018)

Happy New Year's Eve 2018! 6,574 days have passed since day 1 of the 3rd millennium & 21st century! Recent image of Cucamonga Peak in San Gabriel Mtns. near my home town of Arcadia. There is a small, little-known population of big-horn sheep in these rugged mountains. Bighorn Sheep On Lookout Mtn.

Wayne's Trivia Note #552 (1 January 2019)

A warming trend in the Arctic and Antarctica is causing blooms of unicellular, carotenoid-rich snow algae, a common phenomenon throughout mountains of both hemispheres during the summer months. Because of light & heat absorption, the pinkish-red blooms accelerate the melting of snow and glaciers by 13% according to National Geographic. Scientists concerned with global warming say that accelerated ice melt in polar regions has serious environmental implications. Watermelon Snow In Sierra Nevada.

Wayne's Trivia Note #553 (22 January 2019)

Last Sunday night's lunar eclipse of a Super Blood Wolf Moon was obscured by clouds from my home in Twin Oaks Valley. This is a spectacular event when viewed from an ideal vantage point. It doesn't happen that often in one's lifetime.