“The Gold Bug” [fictional], and the real bug that accumulates gold

In 1843, Edgar Allen Poe wrote a fictional story called “The Gold Bug,” about a bug made of gold. In 2012, Aaron Stewart, Ravi Anand and Jens Balkau wrote a scientific treatise about termites that accumulate gold in their nest: “Source of anomalous gold concentrations in termite nests, Moolart Well, Western Australia: implications for exploration,” Aaron D. […]

Responses to real and imitation (termite) corpses, underground

Corpses are pretty darned attractive, in a sense, to certain individuals, under certain conditions,as is made clear in this study: “Evidence of cue synergism in termite corpse response behavior,” Michael D. Ulyshen and Thomas G. Shelton, Naturwissenschaften, Volume 99, Number 2, 89-93. The authors report: Subterranean termites of the genus Reticulitermes are known to build […]