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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.

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 #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

The Sublime Waitomo ‘Glowworm Grotto’

Note: This post features a few photos with unknown authors.  If you are aware of who took these photographs, please let me know in the Comments section below so I … Continue Reading The Sublime Waitomo ‘Glowworm Grotto’

Natural History Through the Eyes of Charley Harper

In my experience, natural history illustration has always glorified the photorealistic.  As a discipline grounded in scientific inquiry, there has obviously been a persistent a desire to portray the wonders of … Continue Reading Natural History Through the Eyes of Charley Harper

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