Category Archives: Taxonomy

Living With Little Heads

The heads of insects are orders of magnitude smaller than the heads of even the smallest mammal. Many functional organs and tissues must fit in a limited space. The cuticle covering the compounds eyes doubles as both lens to focus light and … Continue reading

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A Hairy Entanglement

The larvae of the ant Camponotus floridanus, have bodies that are covered with curly hairs. When larvae contact each other, their hairs interlock causing the larvae to clump. The hairs also allow the larvae to avoid drowning.  Camponotus larvae will float … Continue reading

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Welcome Aethiocarenodea

100 Million years ago, in what is now the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar, an insect was trapped in tree sap and died. It was preserved as a fossil in amber. This insect has many unusual features that exclude it from all of … Continue reading

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Illustrating the Insect Brain

Ramon y Cahal is considered the “Father of Neuroscience”. He was passionate about the inner workings of the brain and sought to better understand the human condition by understanding the brain. Ramon y Cahal was a superb histologist and illustrator … Continue reading

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Living With Antennae

Millipedes, like insects have a single pair of antennae on the head. The antennae can be tucked away when the millipede is curled in a defensive position or extended to the front and sides to receive sensory information when the … Continue reading

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Hang on for the Ride

Some millipede species will practice a form of mate guarding.  The male remains with the female, riding on her back until her eggs have been laid.   To avoid dislodgment, male millipedes must cling to the smooth surface of the female. … Continue reading

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We know that parasites and infectious agents can have a large effect on the populations and distributions of terrestrial insects. What effect do they have on aquatic insects? This question is more difficult to study in aquatic insects due to … Continue reading

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