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Citrine Forktail Ischnura hastate
2014-04-25 09:10:02

The citrine forktail (Ischnura hastate) is a species of damselfly that can be found in North and South America, as well as on the Azores archipelago, although this population was not classified with the species until 1990. In southern areas of the United States, it can be seen throughout the year, from April to November in northern areas of its range, and from May to August on the Azores...

Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans
2014-04-24 12:47:00

The blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans) is a species of damselfly that can be found in Asia and Europe. Its range includes Albania, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Pakistan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, among many other areas. It can be found near many still and slow moving water source including salt waters,...

White Faced Darter Leucorrhinia dubia
2014-04-22 14:10:38

The white-faced darter (Leucorrhinia dubia), also known as the small whiteface, is a species of dragonfly that can be found in northern areas of Europe and northwestern areas of Asia. Its range includes Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, the Ukraine, and the United Kingdom, among other areas. It prefers to reside in bogs near lakes and other water sources...

Hartwegs Pine Pinus hartwegii
2014-04-22 13:27:36

Hartweg’s pine (Pinus hartwegii) is found growing in the mountains of  Mexico and Central America east to Honduras. This tree was discovered and named in 1838 by Karl Hartweg. The Hartweg’s pine is related to the Pinus Montezuma species which has shorter needles, as well as smaller cones and grows at lower altitudes. The Hartweg Pine grows at altitudes of 8200-14100 feet above sea level...

Termitaradus mitnicki
2014-04-22 12:18:11

Termitaradus mitnicki is an extinct species of true bug that once lived during the Miocene Burdigalian age. It was discovered encased in amber on the island of Hispaniola. The amber holds one female specimen, the only specimen from which the species is known, that is housed at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. It was first described by Michael S. Engel who published his findings...

Nesagapostemon
2014-04-22 12:04:18

Nesagapostemon is a genus that holds one species of extinct sweat bee, known as Nesagapostemon moronei, which once lived during the Miocene period. It is known from a single female specimen encased in amber that was mined on the island of Hispaniola. The amber holds bubbles and three worker bees of another species, hindering the visibility of the Nesagapostemon specimen. This species was named...

Goblet Marked Damselfly Erythromma lindenii
2014-04-22 11:54:21

The goblet-marked damselfly (Erythromma lindenii), also known as the blue-eye, is a species of damselfly that can be found in southwestern and southern areas of Europe. Its range includes Albania, Belgium, Croatia, France Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine, among many other areas. This species can also be found in Africa and Asia, but its...

Zophotermes
2014-04-22 10:53:28

Zophotermes is a genus that holds one species of extinct termite that lived during the Eocene period. This species and its genus is known only from one adult individual and a separate set of wings, both of which were found encased in amber from India. Four other specimens have been found that could possibly represent members of this genus, but these also resemble the species Z. ashoki and are...

Coulter Pine Pinus coulteri
2014-04-22 10:39:35

Coulter pine (Pinus coulteri) is native to the coastal mountains of Southern California and northern Mexico. Rare, isolated stands of Coulter pine can be found in the San Francisco Bay Area. This tree is also known as the big cone pine and was named after an Irish botanist and physician, Thomas Coulter. The Coulter pine grows in sunny, dry, rocky soil at elevations of 600-7500 feet above sea...

Palaeovespa
2014-04-18 16:08:43

Palaeovespa is a genus of wasps that holds seven species, all of which are extinct. Two of the species were discovered in Baltic amber deposits from Europe dating back to the middle Eocene era, while the other five were found in Florissant Formation amber from the Priabonian stage era in Colorado in the United States. This genus, and four of its species, was first described in 1906 by Dr....

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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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