Monthly Archives: May 2014

Fiery Searcher

Calosoma scrutator, the “Fiery Searcher” is a ground beetle in the family Carabidae. It is an iridescent green beetle with a fiery red border and a purplish iridescent thorax. These beetles live in open areas with some trees (including downtown … Continue reading

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Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: Hair

Long hairs on caterpillars are presumed to be defensive. How well do they defend against insect predators? Sugiura and Yamazaki* observed attacks by the predatory carabid beetle Calosoma maximowiczi, on several species of caterpillar. Smooth caterpillars with no hairs were … Continue reading

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Cuticle Hydration

Entomologists have long known that the cuticle of recently killed insects is flexible allowing appendages to be moved. Upon drying, the cuticle becomes stiff and brittle. Dried insects can be partially rehydrated by placing them in a chamber with high … Continue reading

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Golden-Backed Snipe Fly

The Golden-Backed Snipe Fly, Chrysopilus thoracicus, is a beautiful insect with gold tufts on its thorax and white tufts on the edges of the abdomen. This fly is frequently seen resting on foliage in late spring. There is no detailed … Continue reading

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Stalking the Emerald Ash Borer

Ineffective trapping for emerald ash borer is a barrier to early detection and potential eradication of small new infestations. Unlike Lepidoptera that use long range odor cues and can be attracted from a distance, Emerald Ash Borers do not use … Continue reading

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Welcome Liladownsia fraile

Entomologists Derek Woller, Fontana, Ricardo Mariño-Pérez and Hojun Song at the University of Central Florida discovered a new species of grasshopper, Liladownsia fraile. The large colorful grasshopper was discovered near a road in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2011. It is interesting … Continue reading

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Sunday Comics

The National Science Foundation wants scientists to reach beyond the laboratory to help inform the public about their research and discoveries. NSF has inspired scientists to create new educational media including comics and edu-tainment games to inform the public. Want … Continue reading

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