Insects

New species of stonefly from Virginia

New species of stonefly from Virginia

Insects, New Species February 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm

A study by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services biologists of three endemic stonefly species in Virginia revealed two new species.

A new firefly from near Rio

A new firefly from near Rio

Insects, New Species February 1, 2017 at 9:14 am

A new genus of firefly is described, from the rainforests of Brazil. “Fireflies or sometimes named lightning bugs are not flies. They represent a family of beetles (Lampyridae) whose members have the ability to use bioluminescence during twilight to attract mates or prey. They produce a “cold light”, with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale red. So far about 2000 firefly species have been found and described.”

A new skipper from south China

A new skipper from south China

Insects, New Species January 31, 2017 at 10:52 am

The new species resembles, and is named for O. maga which is widely distributed in S. China and Taiwan.

The Hermit Crab Caterpillar

The Hermit Crab Caterpillar

Citizen Science, Insects, New Species, Species Discovery January 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

A caterpillar that was recently discovered in Peru exhibits a behavior previously unknown in caterpillars.  The critter was spotted by Dr. Joe Hanson, the creator and host of the YouTube channel “It’s OK to be Smart.” Hanson, along with entomologist Aaron Pomerantz and guide Pedro Lima, were filming in the Peruvian Amazon when they came across the creature. The caterpillar turned into a Cicinnus moth. Is this also a caterpillar carrying its own house?

Creepy crypt-keeper wasp

Creepy crypt-keeper wasp

Insects, New Species January 25, 2017 at 11:23 am

The wasp deposits an egg in the developing gall wasp.  The young eventually chews its way to freedom – through its host’s head.

New Wasp Species Discovered Parasitizing Pests of Pine Trees

New Wasp Species Discovered Parasitizing Pests of Pine Trees

Insects, New Species January 25, 2017 at 12:29 am

A new parasitoid wasp species has been discovered in China. The new species is known to parasitize larvae of two species of Dioryctria, which are serious pests of pine trees, and was found during a survey looking for natural enemies of Dioryctria pryeri and D. abietella.  This finding is important because the new species could potentially be used as a biological control agent.

Beautiful new moths from China

Beautiful new moths from China

Insects, New Species January 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm

A group of beautiful snout moths from China was revised by three scientists from the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

A tiny moth with a blonde comb over, named for President Donald J Trump

A tiny moth with a blonde comb over, named for President Donald J Trump

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species January 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm

Vazrick Nazari, an entomologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, discovered a species of twirler moth with bright yellow scales that sit like a cap atop the insect’s tiny head.   Dr. Nazari has dubbed the species Neopalpa donaldtrumpi.  The reason for this choice of name is to bring wider public attention to the need to continue protecting fragile habitats in the US that still contain many undescribed species.

Pink katydids that mimic leafs

Pink katydids that mimic leafs

Insects, New Species January 9, 2017 at 9:52 am

The leaf-like katydids, native to northern Borneo, sport dramatically different color differences between sexes.  The males are uniformly green and females pink. All species of the genus known up until now occur in forested areas in Sabah, Borneo.

Nine new ‘ant-like’ bee species found in Utah

Nine new ‘ant-like’ bee species found in Utah

Insects, New Species December 28, 2016 at 8:46 pm

A team of Utah State University researchers has found nine new species of bees that are found only in the Western United States, including Utah.

Species of Gall Midge from Great Smoky Mountains National Park is first of its genus in New World

Species of Gall Midge from Great Smoky Mountains National Park is first of its genus in New World

Insects, New Species November 2, 2016 at 10:20 am

A new article by Michael Ferro and John Plakidas describes a new species of fly that was collected in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Neostenoptera appalachiensis is a gall midge, and it is the first record of the genus Neostenoptera in the New World.

Another New Sand Fly Species Could be a Vector of Leishmaniasis

Another New Sand Fly Species Could be a Vector of Leishmaniasis

Insects, New Species November 2, 2016 at 9:39 am

A new species of sand fly, dubbed Psathyromyia elizabethdorvalae, has been discovered in Brazil and could be a potential vector of leishmaniasis, a disease spread by sand flies that can result in skin sores and damage to internal organs.  

New species of dragonfly found near urban water supply

New species of dragonfly found near urban water supply

Insects, New Species November 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm

A new species of dragonfly was found in an urban area, in a habitat from which city water is sourced.  It has a brown spot on each of its four wingtips and a bluish waxy body coating. Photo: Rhainer Guillermo Ferreira

New dragnfly from southwestern Brazil

New dragnfly from southwestern Brazil

Insects, New Species September 23, 2016 at 10:03 am

Dragonfly in the genus Erythrodiplax from southwestern Brazil is described, first observed in 2011.

New crickets, one named Jiminy Cricket

New crickets, one named Jiminy Cricket

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species September 22, 2016 at 9:49 am

New taxa and notes on some Landrevinae (Orthoptera) from Malay Peninsula.

These bees make their homes in sandstone

These bees make their homes in sandstone

Insects, New Species September 14, 2016 at 8:27 am

The bee Anthophora pueblo was first discovered by retired USDA-ARS research entomologist Frank Parker almost 40 years ago, when he collected samples of their nests at two sites in Utah’s San Rafael Desert. His research was never published, nor was the species formally identified, until now.  Researchers have been investigating this unusual new species of bee that doesn’t build its nest in a hollow tree or dig a burrow in the soil like ordinary bees, but instead carves itself a long-lasting home in sandstone cliffs.

South American Stink Bug Named after J. R. R. Tolkien’s Nazgûl

South American Stink Bug Named after J. R. R. Tolkien’s Nazgûl

Insects, New Species September 12, 2016 at 9:22 am

Some background about the naming of this new bug.

Three new species of Weta drumming in the New Zealand jungle

Three new species of Weta drumming in the New Zealand jungle

Insects, New Species September 1, 2016 at 4:54 pm

   

A new genus of katydid, from the Amazon

A new genus of katydid, from the Amazon

Insects, New Species August 17, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Emsleyfolium diasae sp. nov. seems to be widely distributed in Amazonian Rainforest, being present at four countries: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

Beetle named after Chinese President Xi Jinpin; media fumigated.

Beetle named after Chinese President Xi Jinpin; media fumigated.

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species July 12, 2016 at 8:17 pm

A patriotic Chinese scientist named a newly-discovered beetle species after Chinese President Xi Jinping. Apparently, Xi Dada was less than flattered, given that the beetle feeds on decaying matter. Posts about the bug have subsequently been removed from Chinese social media sites like Weibo, Douban and RenRen as Chinese censors fumigate the internet yet again.