Insects pollinate almost a 1/3 of our food and provide this service for free! So why are they not factored into the GDP, an economic number giving an estimate of our countries total economic output every quarter? How much would it cost us if bees were to disappear, which is happening to a degree right […]
Insects in Science
A local scientist has been stopping by the Bug Studio to pick up various insects to photograph with a Nikon camera that includes a auto-montage microscope set-up. The results have been amazing and I want to share some of the photographs. One can really see the amazing architecture and color of these ancient creatures. The […]
A new study finds elephants might be afraid of ants and unveils a little more of amazing symbiotic story of the ant and Acacia tree. Ants in your pants? That’s nothing compared with ants up your snout. And that’s what elephants in the African savanna must contend with when trying to snag a meal from […]
Imagine being able to lift a six double decker buses! Well, if you were a certain type of beetle, in theory, you could. The world record no longer goes to the Rhino Beetle, which is still one of the strongest, but to a type of scarab beetle. Learn more about this STRONG INSECT here
Grass often gets mowed, chewed by insects and most of the time just overlooked. However, its importance is very significant in the evolution of animals, especially insects. This piece was in the NY Times and is a very well written piece about the forgotten plant that insects love to eat.
Caterpillars grow to about 27,000 times the size it was when it first emerged from its egg. If a human baby weighed 9 pounds at birth and grew at the same rate as a caterpillar, it would weigh 243,000 pounds when fully grown!
Swallowtail butterflies are a group of butterflies in the butterfly family Papilionidae (papilio means butterfly & moth in Latin). There are an estimated 550 known species and hundreds more waiting to be discovered. The common name, Swallowtail, comes from the fact that a majority of the members of this group of butterflies have an extension […]
Monarch butterflies are probably the best-known species of butterfly in North America. They are famous for their long migrations south before the northern winter frosts kill their eggs and adults. These migrations are one of the most amazing in nature and individuals can travel up to 2,000 miles from home. In North America, the migration patterns […]
Let me introduce Tank. Tank just moved here from Madagascar and is really grumpy (I know this because hissing cockroaches hiss when they are mad – and tank hisses a lot); hence his give name – Cantankerous. We just call him Tank. And you can’t blame Tank for being grumpy with three missing forearms, a […]
A researcher at Oregon State University discovered an ancient species of fly (order: Diptera) that was found embedded in a piece of amber dating back over 100 million years old. What makes this fly so special is that it is a new species, genus and family of insect that has never before been observed. The […]
The ant genus of the month is the Cataglyphis genus. This ant would not win any “Ant America Pageant” but it definitely would win a desert survival competition. Why? Because it is one of the most heat tolerant animals known to man! One species in this group, Cataglyphis bicolor, lives in the Sahara desert and can […]