Monthly Archives: November 2012

Help the Pselaphinae tree of life

My friend and colleague Joseph Parker at Columbia University is currently raising funds to conduct field work in Peru. His objective is to collected and bring back specimens for molecular data in order to reconstruct the Pselaphinae tree of life. These are an extremely diverse group of beetles that have evolved to infiltrate ant and termite nests on more than one occasion. Joe is particularly interested in answer the question of why the pelaphines have turned to myrmecophily so many times and what drives the evolution of tantalizing morphologies that accompany such sifts in ecology.

Please click the link bellow and help as much as you can.

http://www.petridish.org/projects/deceiving-the-superorganism-ant-exploiting-beetles