Meet the Morphoids: Bacteriophages

Meet the Bacteriophages!

Well, the ones we managed to catch, anyway.  These little guys (only about 14″ long) hatched out of the pods we had been watching in the woods.  These guys move very quickly, and seem to be a herd animal – I can’t get one on it’s own to get a better look at it.  While they do vary a bit in size and shape, in general, all of the bacteriophages seem to be consistently part of a larger whole.  These guys seem to rally around the larger beings in their group…. could they possibly have a hierarchy, or a structured society like that of bees?

Exhibit: Sepal, Scarabaeidae and Pteropod at the Alberta Craft Council

 

Coming Up Next....

The IMR will be at the Alberta Craft Council’s Discovery Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta!  If you’re in the area, go take a look!  No Morphoids have been discovered this far north, and this is the farthest these particular Morphoids have traveled, making them a rarity in that part of the world.

Sepal, Pteropod and Scarabaeidae are the three Morphoids in the exhibit.  The display will be up and open to the public from May 28th – July 9th, 2011.  The Discovery Gallery is located at 10186 – 106 Street, Edmonton Alberta.

News: The Pods Have Hatched!

The pods I have been watching have hatched!  It was very sudden…. I could hear this strange creaking noise, and then, all of the sudden, CRACK!  It sounded like a huge tree had fallen over, but it was one of the pods, ripping open, and spilling these little creatures down through the branches to the ground.  The second and third pods cracked open within a few seconds, and then there were nothing but all of these little pink Morphoids zipping around!  There must have been at least two hundred of them! We managed to get this picture, and catch a few of the little guys, but they were so fast!

I guess the pods were a sort of incubator, after all.

I will post more on these guys soon, after  we’ve had more time to do a preliminary study of them.

 

Contest: Name That Morphoid! (Gynoecium)

Gynoecium

We, at the IMR have decided that is important for our relationships with the Morphoids to give them proper names.  So, we’re going to hold a series of contests!

So what’s this contest, you say?

Name our only specimen of this species of Morphoid, Gynoecium.  The name should be easy to pronounce, and just for this particular Morphoid.

How to Play:

Post the name you are suggesting for this Morphoid in the comments below.  We will choose a name from the suggestions you come up with!

What’s the prize?

The winner gets an official mention on the IMR website as the name-giver of this particular Morphoid, as well as a signed photograph!

Contest ends Friday, May 27, at midnight.

Question: How long does a Morphoid live?

Honestly, we have no idea.  We haven’t seen a Morphoid die yet.  The first Morphoid (Sepal) was discovered in 2010, so it’s average life span is assumed to be longer than a year.

Meet the Morphoids: Scarabaeidae

 

Meet Scarabaeidae, who we don’t know too much about.  This Morphoid is really not a very social creature.  He likes to keep to himself, and his main defense mechanism is to stand perfectly still when he feels something is looking at him.

News: The Pods Are Cracking….!

The pods  I’ve been watching for the last few weeks are starting to crack!  This photo was taken over the last couple of days… you can see where the surface is cracking, and something is starting to hatch!  I have been watching quite closely the last few days, taking two or three trips into the park to check on their progress.  I will keep you all informed if anything else should develop.

 

Exhibit: The IMR at ACAD’s Grad Show

The Institute of Morphoid Research currently has a display up in the main mall of the Alberta College of Art + Design. The exhibit will be on display until May 28th.

The display is a diorama of the nymph form of Nephropoleon, one of the most newly discovered Morphoids.  A Meet the Morphoids Profile will be online sometime after the exhibit at ACAD is removed.  Please go see the display if you can, to learn more about these fascinating creatures.

The Alberta College of Art + Design is located at 1407 – 14th Ave. NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Foraminifera: Natural Habitat

 

When Foraminifera gets anxious, he likes to climb.  Here he is in his natural environment.

Meet the Morphoids: Foraminifera