Insects

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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134 New Beetles and Dragonflies, Hiding in Plain Sight

134 New Beetles and Dragonflies, Hiding in Plain Sight

Insects, New Species January 6, 2016 at 12:00 am

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Sixty new species of dragonflies and damselflies, from Africa

Sixty new species of dragonflies and damselflies, from Africa

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species December 12, 2015 at 10:29 am

The researchers found a stunning amount of diversity amongst the dragonflies, many of which are brightly colored.  With this research, the number of dragonfly species known in Africa increases at once by almost 10%, from 700 to 760 species.  Naming so many new species became a challenge for the authors. The species live in freshwater bogs, lakes, rivers and well-forested areas that are increasingly under threat.   “The species’ beauty and sensitivity can raise awareness for the densest and most threatened biodiversity: freshwater covers less than one percent of Earth’s surface, but harbours ten percent of animal species, of which a third mayRead More

Help Name a Beetle Species with Spectacular Genitalia A…

Help Name a Beetle Species with Spectacular Genitalia A…

Insects, New Species December 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New Butterfly Species Named after Sir David Attenboroug…

New Butterfly Species Named after Sir David Attenboroug…

Insects, New Species December 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Two new species of dragonflies found in Azerbaijan

Two new species of dragonflies found in Azerbaijan

Insects, New Species November 13, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New Group Of Wasp Species Discovered In India

New Group Of Wasp Species Discovered In India

Insects, New Species November 12, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New Whirligig Beetle Showcases U.S. Biodiversity Hotspo…

New Whirligig Beetle Showcases U.S. Biodiversity Hotspo…

Insects, New Species November 11, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New Kind of Moth Hints at Other Species That May Be Hid…

New Kind of Moth Hints at Other Species That May Be Hid…

Insects, New Species November 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Metallic Wasps

Metallic Wasps

Insects, New Species November 4, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New species of wasp discovered in England

New species of wasp discovered in England

Insects, New Species October 20, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Two New Species of Door Head Ants Found in Kenya and th…

Two New Species of Door Head Ants Found in Kenya and th…

Insects, New Species October 18, 2015 at 12:00 am

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