6legs2many updates weekly on Fridays (and sometimes on Mondays).

This photoblog is intended to be of interest to both specialists and hobbyists, and to be informative to both the casual enthusiast and the idly curious.  I personally entered entomology only recently, almost by accident, and I wanted to share the many fascinating glimpses into another world that this field has provided me.  The amazing thing about insects is that you can live in the same house in the same city for twenty years and still walk out into your backyard one day and see something you’ve never seen before.

“Two-legged creatures we are supposed to love as we love ourselves.  The four-legged, also, can come to seem pretty important.  But six legs are too many from the human standpoint. ” ~Joseph W. Krutch

For each person living in the world today there are over a billion living insects.  They live on us, in us, around us, and far away from us.  They’ve adapted to every kind of environment and exhibit almost any lifestyle imaginable, and some you never imagined.  Take a closer look and prepare to be amazed.




About Alison:

Alison Bockoven is an Entomology graduate student at Texas A&M University. Her research is focused on genetic variation in the foraging behavior of the red imported fire ant. This website is not affiliated with Texas A&M.

Email Alison at aab13@tamu.edu.

Alison will now stop referring to herself in the third person. Here, have a picture:


Taking pictures.

12 Responses to “About”

  1. Ted C. MacRae September 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    A nice blog you have here – always glad to add another insect/invert site to the blogroll.

    • 6legs2many September 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

      Thank you, I appreciate it! I always enjoy your pictures and posts.

  2. jimmy July 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    hey !! i was just looking around the web and i really like your site!

  3. Andy January 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Hey! My name is Andy and I’m new to entomology. My interest in insects began about a year ago and i haven’t looked back since. Your website is definitely my favorite insect blog, and I look forward to your posts every week. Keep up the good work!

    • 6legs2many January 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

      Thanks so much; I appreciate it!

  4. Dr. Art Evans April 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Nice blog Alison! Keep up the good work!

  5. clairmj April 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Hi Alison,

    I’m a college student majoring in something totally different from entomology (it’s neuro-computer science..) but from the bottom of my heart, I am and always will be an insect enthusiast. I started taking pictures of various insect species and archiving them ever since I was young and recently picked up on collecting dead insects for display. Your blog really inspires me to continue observing and studying insects. Thank you very much for sharing your interesting stories; I look forward to reading more. 🙂

    • 6legs2many April 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

      Thank you so much! I really want to know what neuro-computer science is, and if it involves androids taking over the world.

  6. Angela July 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Alison. Thanks for the info on the Luna Moth. I think they’re lovely. You did a nice job raising your brood. Congrats and thanks again!

  7. Kelly Leslie December 22, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    So excited to find another fire ant enthusiast!!! I live in central Florida and we are bombarded by them. I have been fascinated with them since moving here from Pennsylvania in 2006 and have decided to make them the focal point of my research project for my graduate work. I recently sent you an email and await your response. Thank you so much for putting yourself out there and being a reference!!

  8. bob vanderwest March 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Solenopsis invicta, what an excellent species to study. What specifically do you hope to learn from the study of the foraging behavior of this species? Thanks for your blog, it’s always nice to meet others who like ants.

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