Category Archives: Species Extraordinaire

Lupine Invasions

Roadsides, ditches, and railway lines in Norway are awash with colour right now.  The lupines are in bloom, and the dense swathes of purple, pink, and white blossoms stacked into perfect pillars brighten the countryside. I love the vibrant colours, … Continue reading

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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Valentine’s Day may have passed, but it is still evidenced by the discounted chocolate and wilting roses in the shop windows, and the childhood rhyme “Roses are red, violets are blue…” that is echoing incessantly in my head. The repeated … Continue reading

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Christmas Cannons

Nothing says Christmas in my house like the smell of sibling rivalry, so it seems appropriate to share a biology-themed sibling showdown that includes a Christmas favourite. When it comes to decking the halls, any interior decorator will tell you … Continue reading

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Mistletoe Magic

T’is the season here at the BioPhiles and this week’s species extraordinaire is the European Mistletoe of Christmas carol fame, Viscum album. Its dark green foliage and shiny white berries make it perfect for decking the halls and creating holiday … Continue reading

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Garden of Deceit

It’s an idyllic summer scene in the Canadian Rockies: silent snow-capped peaks watching over bumblebees haphazardly buzzing to and fro over an alpine meadow strewn with bright yellow buttercups. A closer look at this garden of golden blossoms reveals imposters … Continue reading

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Invertebrate Insecurities

You can’t find my file? It’s Milton Millipede – two L’s. What’s that you say? Make myself comfortable? It’s hard to be comfortable lying here on this couch – my mother always told me if she caught any of my … Continue reading

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Full-on Fulmar Invasion

The fjord is glassy, an impossible shade of blue-green, reflecting mountains and puffy clouds back at a blue arctic sky. I am on an arctic research expedition in the Svalbard archipelago, and our zodiac is tracing a rapidly disappearing white … Continue reading

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