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Familiar Diversions

I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

Binary Storm (Liege-Killer)
Christopher Hinz
Progress: 39/436 pages
The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
Progress: 72/313 pages
Princess Prince
Tomoko Taniguchi
Progress: 310/336 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 234 pages.

The Lives of Ants - Elisabeth Gordon, Laurent Keller

Part III has whole chapters focused on a single species of ant (edit: or genus, I guess?) and is so far my favorite part of the book. Right now I'm in the chapter on Cataglyphis ants, desert ants with excellent navigation skills. They can't rely on scent trails, so they use their eyes.

 

"So, like bees and some spiders, desert ants have a virtual compass in their heads. They have eyes that are able to analyse the polarization of light, a phenomenon produced by the diffusion of sunlight by molecules in the earth's atmosphere which the human eye cannot perceive. Ants, however, can, since their eyes contain receptors which are sensitive to ultraviolet radiation. This has been proved by fitting some navigators with contact lenses that absorb only green light (yes, believe it or not, it has been done), with the result that the ants, deprived of their ability to detect the ultraviolet, lose their way."

 

One thing I wish the book would do a little more often is include details about how we're able to know what we know about ants. This detail about the ant contact lenses is nice.