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Toxorhynchites: the mosquitoes that hunt other mosquitoes

Mosquitoes enjoy a cosmopolitan distribution and equally cosmopolitan infamy. They are a core element of both terrestrial and aquatic food chains, serving as prey for a variety of animals, but … Continue Reading Toxorhynchites: the mosquitoes that hunt other mosquitoes

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Invertebrate of the Week #20 – Motyxia millipedes (Motyxia sequoia)

Meet the conspicuous glowing millipedes of Sequoia National Park; the brightest of all the Motyxia species. They glow, they make hydrogen cyanide, they star as the main antagonist in the … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #20 – Motyxia millipedes (Motyxia sequoia)

Zoosphere and Museum für Naturkunde Berlin make high resolution insect specimen images freely available.

 Biologist Alexander Kroupa and a team of 14 colleagues are working with the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin on a huge undertaking: make high resolution images of the museum’s insect collection of freely available … Continue Reading Zoosphere and Museum für Naturkunde Berlin make high resolution insect specimen images freely available.

The Presence of Termites May Help Grasslands Resist Desertification.

Termites engineer their environments in ways that allow the area around their mounds to be buffered from climatic changes.That is the intriguing conclusion of a recent study published in the journal Science; providing … Continue Reading The Presence of Termites May Help Grasslands Resist Desertification.

What Gives Chrysina Beetles their Metallic Appearance?

This morning, I stumbled across this fantastic photograph from Thomas Shahan (@ThomasShahan) that was produced for the Oregon Department of Agriculture.  It shows the same Chrysina sp. beetle illuminated under different lighting conditions.The … Continue Reading What Gives Chrysina Beetles their Metallic Appearance?

Invertebrate of the Week #13 – Habronattus Jumping Spiders

This ‘Invertebrate of the Week’ is posted in support of a crowdfunded research appeal involving these remarkable little spiders.  Learn more about how you can help!Jumping spiders (Family: Salticidae) are a remarkable group of animals and … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #13 – Habronattus Jumping Spiders

Hidden in Plain Orange – How this harlequin bug’s orange coloration makes it both conspicuous and invisible

Aposematic coloration is the technical term for the coloration phenomenon found in such illustrious animals as poison dart frogs (Family: Dendrobatidae) and skunks.  The rationale is that the animal makes itself very conspicuous … Continue Reading Hidden in Plain Orange – How this harlequin bug’s orange coloration makes it both conspicuous and invisible

Invertebrate of the Week #12 – Osmia bicolor: a shell-nesting bee

Acknowledgement: Hat tip to Paul Bee (@solitarybee) and John Walters (@JWentomologist) for bringing this insect to my attention.Meet Osmia bicolor, this week’s Invertebrate of the Week.  Unlike the more social Hymenopterans, O. … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #12 – Osmia bicolor: a shell-nesting bee

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