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Rare Insect Mating Fossil
2013-11-07 13:25:00

Researchers writing in the journal PLOS ONE say they have found the oldest fossil of insects caught in the act of mating.

RoboRoach Project Not Getting Rave Reviews From PETA
2013-11-01 14:33:01

Earlier this year a new Kickstarter campaign launched that allowed people to fund a project to control cockroaches using an iPhone, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is finally speaking out against the project, some five months later.

Ecological Impacts Linked To Poorly Camouflaged Walking Sticks
2013-10-22 06:31:29

Researchers studying the evolution of a California walking stick into separate, distinct forms have found that such rapid changes in a creature’s appearance can set of a chain of ecological impacts.

Homosexual Behavior In Insects Is More Than Likely Accidental
2013-10-22 04:46:44

Many species of spiders and insects engage in homosexual behavior such as courting, mounting and trying to mate with same sex partners. In this curious situation, however, it is unclear what role evolution plays.

Insects Avoid Mating In Bad Weather
2013-10-03 09:47:25

A new study has found the mating behaviors of various insects change to avoid making themselves vulnerable during inclement weather.

Checklist Of The Scale Insects Of Iran
2013-10-02 10:20:22

A detailed annotated checklist of the scale insects of Iran, describing a total of 275 species from 13 families, represents a first effort towards a better knowledge of the Coccoidea family in attempt to improve the view in practical fields such as pest control management.

Beetles In Central And South America Show Signs Of Maternal Instincts
2013-09-26 11:15:45

Hidden in the thick foliage of tropical forests a subfamily of colorful beetles hides the secrets of the earliest stages of social behavior, showing explicit signs of maternal instincts and care.

Higher Latitude Moths Less Susceptible To Temperature Changes
2013-09-24 10:11:14

Moths in northern Finland are less susceptible to rising temperatures than expected, suggesting high latitude moth populations around the world may be partly buffered from the effects of rapid climate warming

Artificial Surfaces Developed That Surfaces Insects Cannot Stick To
2013-09-24 09:55:00

Beetles, cockroaches, and ants will have a harder time walking on facades or air conditioners in the future - thanks to the bio-inspired, anti-adhesive surfaces

Effectiveness Of Camouflage Types
2013-09-11 11:08:04

A new study has found that some predators can learn to read certain types of camouflage more easily than other types.


Latest Insect Reference Libraries

Leaf Insects, Phylliidae
2014-08-05 10:01:39

Phylliidae is a family of insects most commonly known as leaf insects or walking leaves, which can be found in Southeast Asia and South Asia to Australia. Although it is classified as a family, there is no general agreement on its classification, as many suggest that the family is actually a large taxon that should contain separate families of leaf insects. It is thought that this family has changed little over long periods of time, due to fossil evidence found of a forty-seven million year...

Tetragnatha extensa
2013-10-09 13:17:36

Tetragnatha extensa is a species of spider found across the Northern Hemisphere. It has an elongate body, up to .43 inches long, and assumes a straight line posture when it is alarmed. It lives on low vegetation in damp areas and consumes flying insects which it catches in its web. This spider has a stretched out, cream colored body. The males are smaller than the females at around .35 inches body length, compared to .43 inches in the females. The four pairs of legs are long and a dark...

Yellow-tipped Tigertail, Choristhemis flavoterminata
2013-07-30 13:52:06

The yellow-tipped tigertail (Choristhemis flavoterminata) is species of dragonfly that is native to Queensland, Australia. This species prefers to reside in warm, moist habitats near bodies of water like rivers. The yellow-tipped tigertail reaches an average body length of 1.8 inches and holds a long, thin abdomen. The end of the body holds a bright yellow spot and the wings are light brown in color with a brown spot. Larvae are described as slightly hairy and are light brown or gray in...

Wandering Glider, Pantala flavescens
2013-07-24 12:28:15

The wandering glider (Pantala flavescens), also known as the globe skimmer, is a species of dragonfly that can be found in a large range that includes Easter Island and Europe, although it is rare here, but it typically occurs in tropical and subtropical areas as well as cooler areas like Northern Canada, depending upon the season. This species has been recorded flying at heights of 20,341 feet in the Himalayas, higher than any other dragonfly species. The wandering glider reaches an...

Gray Sanddragon, Progomphus borealis
2013-07-11 13:32:30

The gray sanddragon (Progomphus borealis) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in many areas including Arizona, California, Idaho, Texas, New Mexico, Washington, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This species prefers a habitat near streams and rivers in desert climates. It is typically seen between the months of June and September, but it can also be seen between April and October. Adult gray sanddragons reach an average body length between 2.2 and 2.4 inches, while its nymphs or larvae...

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