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2008-01-29 00:40:00

Roy Orbison and his widow Barbara were honored in a very creative way during a tribute concert for Roy on January 25th.  A new beetle, the whirligig, which looks as if it wears a tuxedo, has been named after the Orbisons. The scientific name for the whirligig is now Orectochilus orbisonorum. The ending of the name, "orum" specifies that the beetle was named for the couple. Had it just been named for Roy it would end in an "i" and for Barbara, it would end in "ae". Along with the honor of...

2008-01-28 11:40:50

A new species of beetle that appears as if wearing a tuxedo has been named in honor of the late rock 'n' roll legend Roy Orbison and his widow Barbara. Entomologist Quentin Wheeler of Arizona State University announced the discovery and naming of the beetle, now dubbed Orectochilus orbisonorum, during a Roy Orbison Tribute Concert on Jan. 25. The ending of the species name, "orum," denotes it was named after a couple. If the beetle were just named after Roy it would end in "i,"...

2007-12-26 10:22:08

Wait, don't squash that beetle! Its lineage predates dinosaurs. New research hints that modern-day versions of the insects are far older than any tyrannosaur that trod the Earth. Today's plethora of beetle species were thought to have blossomed 140 million years ago, during the rise of flowering plants. But the new study of beetle DNA and fossils, published in the Dec. 21 issue of the journal Science, pushes their appearance back to 300 million years ago. That beats the...

2007-02-08 03:00:27

By Dwight Barnett Q: I have a problem with our shower. I do not see mildew or mold, but every two weeks or so, if I don't spray the shower with bleach, I find small, slender worms of some sort. Where are they coming from? A: The worms are most likely the larvae of a common house gnat, or they could be carpet beetle larvae that have wandered from the beaten path. The gnat's larvae like to hang out in drains or in really wet soils of houseplants and, of course, carpet beetles like carpet....

2005-07-14 07:16:48

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State and federal agriculture officials on Wednesday warned that destructive Asian beetles have been found near a Sacramento warehouse and dispatched federal firefighters to climb nearby trees to search for traces of the insects. Officials believe at least three Asian longhorned beetles arrived last month as stowaways in wooden crates along with a shipment of tiles from China. Two of the beetles were found outside a privately operated warehouse at the former...


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2009-04-28 16:22:53

The South American Scarab Dung Beetle (Oxysternon conspicillatum) is a species of dung beetle of the superfamily Scarabaeoidea. Most Scarab beetles are known as true dung beetles as they feed mainly on feces. Dung beetles live in many different habitats, including desert, farmland, forest, and grasslands. They do not like extremely cold or dry weather. This beetle species is trimorphic (able to produce up to three different types of males). Each male has different forms of body weaponry...

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2005-09-12 09:52:32

The Asian long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) is native to China and Korea where it causes widespread destruction of poplar, willow, elm, and maple throughout vast areas of eastern Asia. Asian longhorned beetles are big, showy insects: shiny and coal black with white spots. Adults are about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. On their head is a pair of very long antennae that are alternately ringed in black and white. The antennae are longer than the insect's body. An invasive species in...

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2005-09-09 10:53:56

In the eastern U.S. and Canada, the Bessbug (Passalidae) is a very large beetle measuring roughly 1 inch (2.5 cm) both as an adult and a larva, that feeds on rotting wood. It has a "horn" on the dorsal head. They are highly subsocial beetles that care for the young; they prepare food for them and help the larvae construct the pupal case. Fourteen acoustical signals are known for the family, more than many vertebrates. Adults produce sound by rubbing the upper surface of the abdomen against...

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2005-09-09 09:59:56

Cucujiformia is an infraorder of Polyphagan beetles, representing the vast majority of plant eating beetles. The infraorder contains six superfamilies: Lymexylidae (ship-timber beetles) Cleroidea (checkered beetles, bark-gnawing beetles and soft winged flower beetles) Cucujoidea (31 families that includes ladybirds, fungus beetles and bark beetles) Tenebrionoidea (also Heteromera) (30 families including blister beetles and ant-like beetles) Chrysomeloidea (4 families including...

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2005-09-09 08:49:52

The soldier beetles (Cantharidae) are relatively soft-bodied, straight-sided beetles. They are closely related to the Lampyridae, or firefly family. Some are important predators of aphids during their brief adulthood.

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cacodemon
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