Insects

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.

New Beetle Species Identified in Nebraska

New Beetle Species Identified in Nebraska

Insects, New Species June 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm

The beetle went unrecognized as being different from the already-classified species Trox hamatus until fall 2015 when Paulsen began examining specimens of the genus Trox that he had collected from dried coyote scat in Nebraska.

Sir David Attenborough’s Dragonfly

Sir David Attenborough’s Dragonfly

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species May 20, 2016 at 10:19 am

A newly discovered dragonfly from Madagascar has been named in honour of BDS Patron Sir David Attenborough on the occasion of his 90th birthday, and in recognition of Sir David’s lifelong devotion to championing the work of hundreds of scientists, conservation biologists and naturalists worldwide, enlightening generations of children, and inspiring the public’s love of nature.  Video of co-discover Dr. Klaas-Douwe Dijkstra’s birthday gift to Sir Attenborough.  The discovery of this dragonfly among others shows that in many cases, unknown species are thriving within human communities.

Two New Species of Dung Beetles Discovered in Mexico

Two New Species of Dung Beetles Discovered in Mexico

Insects, New Species March 17, 2016 at 8:56 am

An international team of scientists have discovered two new species of dung beetles in Mexico.  

New Butterfly in Alaska Identified from Museum Collection

New Butterfly in Alaska Identified from Museum Collection

Insects, New Species March 16, 2016 at 9:43 am

A scientist organizing butterfly specimens in a museum collection made a startling discovery: What people had thought was a variant of a common species is actually a totally new organism, and one with an interesting evolutionary history to boot. And what’s more, the new species may be the only type of butterfly endemic to Alaska, meaning it is found there but nowhere else. A group of eight scientists from three countries has named the new insect the Tanana Arctic, or Oeneis tanana. It’s the first new butterfly species described from Alaska in 28 years, and the research is now publishedRead More

New Chewing Lice Species Named after Darth Vader

New Chewing Lice Species Named after Darth Vader

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species February 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm

A new louse species has been named Ricinus vaderi after Darth Vader, the evil character in the Star Wars movies, because of the similarity between the head of the louse and Darth Vader’s helmet.

A new species and genus of ‘horned necked’ praying mantis from a French museum collection

A new species and genus of ‘horned necked’ praying mantis from a French museum collection

Insects, New Species January 26, 2016 at 12:00 am

While studying the insect collection of the Museum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France, two American scientists uncovered a small, leaf-dwelling praying mantis with unique features collected from Madagascar in 2001.  Its distinctive horned neck and flattened, cone-like eyes, as well as the location from where it was found, led the researchers to assign the insect to a new genus and species.

First record of the plant bug genus Paramiridius Miyamo…

First record of the plant bug genus Paramiridius Miyamo…

Insects, New Species January 11, 2016 at 12:00 am

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New giant Stink Bug Named after J. R. R. Tolkien’s Anca…

New giant Stink Bug Named after J. R. R. Tolkien’s Anca…

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species January 9, 2016 at 12:00 am

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New Soldier Beetle Named after Japanese Animated TV Ser…

New Soldier Beetle Named after Japanese Animated TV Ser…

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species January 9, 2016 at 12:00 am

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