Wayne's Word is a static, purely informative, html website about biological topics from my 40 year teaching career in the Life Science Dept. at Palomar College. It is an "Online Textbook of Natural History" containing over 1600 html files and 14,000 images. It was hand coded using a source code editor called Arachnophilia written in Java by Paul Lutus. W.P. Armstrong, 17 Dec. 2022
Wayne's Word has evolved into a very diverse biological/botanical website. It is a monumental task updating all the information and species identifications. Consequently, I have relied heavily on experts in specialized fields for their generous help. Special thanks to all of those who have peer-reviewd my material and offered suggestions.
All photo images & illustrations are copyright protected by encrypted watermarks and/or archival original 35 mm color transparencies plus cloud based digital storage. The name Wayne's Word is registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Wayne's Word contains a large range of complex biological topics that I have tried to simplify and yet maintain accuracy. It is imperative to make certain errors are not perpetuated on the Internet. One case in point is the "coconut pearl," a so-called rare "gem" that has appeared in many references and even scholarly textbooks for decades. In 2005 I exposed this as a fraud. Authority on Malaysian flora, Dr. J.F. Veldkamp of the National Herbarium, the Netherlands, came to the same conclusion in 2008. Please refer to following link.
Images on this page: Poison dart frog (Dendrobates pumilio), ten-lined june beetle (Polyphylla decemlineata), blue morpho butterfly (Morpho menelaus), the western sheepmoth (Hemileuca eglanterina), & jumping spider (Phidippus johnsoni). The ant is Myrmecocystus mexicanus from Holbrook, Arizona, although it is very similar to M. navajo.