Tuesday Morning Wake-Up Call

When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all. 

E. O. Wilson, in an interview in 1992, is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he has been called the world’s leading expert.

Photo & Post: Northern Carmine Bee-eater photo by Mike Wilson.  Thank you Dan via Your Eyes Blaze Out (via San Diego Zoo)


  1. <His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he has been called the world’s leading expert.
    I’m learning a new thing every day – and today two: myrmecology & that there are experts on ‘ant-ology’
    Fascinating – and what a beautiful bird – although (to me) a bit disturbing: Couldn’t view it on tumblr (sensitive content – safe mode is on…..) and when I searched for this kind of bird it sure looks as if they’d eat the last remaining bees on this planet…. Any thoughts on this?

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  3. Saw a bald eagle in our yard this weekend! Breathtaking!

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  4. ha! that is true –

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  5. Another new thing for me. I’ve never seen or heard of these birds. How does it sleep at night with all those bright colours? 😉

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  6. I absolutely adore Edward O. Wilson…saw him on the Charlie Rose show a number of times and fell in love with him. Entomology is the study of insects; myrmecology is the study of ants. He loved birds but was somewhat deaf very young in life so he chose a creature to study that he didn’t have to hear to appreciate. [When I taught writing at Rutgers, I chose a chapter by him as a first assignment…not about ants, but about the conflict between the environmentalists and the economists!]. On this note, I wonder what this spectacular bee-eater bird sounds like.

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  7. Christie says:

    I’ve known of Edward O. Wilson for years. I watched a tv special about him and found him fascinating…he was blinded (one eye) in an accident as a child…and later he had an operation and that left him with very limited vision in that eye, which gave him a different, single focus like a binocular in that eye…he is the world’s expert on ants and given his age I hate to think of the vast knowledge that will be lost when he passes away…////
    “In the same year that his parents divorced, Wilson blinded himself in one eye in a fishing accident. He suffered for hours, but he continued fishing.[11] He did not complain because he was anxious to stay outdoors. He did not seek medical treatment.[11] Several months later, his right pupil clouded over with a cataract.[11] He was admitted to Pensacola Hospital to have the lens removed.[11] Wilson writes, in his autobiography, that the “surgery was a terrifying [19th] century ordeal”.[11] Wilson was left with full sight in his left eye, with a vision of 20/10.[11] The 20/10 vision prompted him to focus on “little things”: “I noticed butterflies and ants more than other kids did, and took an interest in them automatically.”[12]” wikipedia

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  8. Christie says:

    and I think, further, of God’s order of nature and how he used this boy’s vision issue as a blessing in educating many on the subject of ants…and how a person’s didn’t allow his limitation to limited him but he learned that life goes forward and he adapted…never feeling sorry for himself but accepting his change to our benefit…

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  9. You can stream it here.

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