Rhinoceros beetles are beetles that fall under the subfamily Dynastinae. They are sometimes referred to as Hercules beetles, horn beetles, or unicorn beetles. They are known for their impressive size and unique physical appearance, including the large horn-like protrusions present in only in males. They are among the largest group of […]
Dung beetles are dancing on top of piles of dung, staring at the night sky. Why? Their dance is actually thought to be a method of taking a mental snapshot of the sky to store in their brains. The beetles use their memories of the night sky to navigate and […]
In the fifth century BC, an account from India reported a mysterious bird whose orange droppings excreted a poison, that in amounts no bigger then a grain of wheat, could bring down a man. Similarly, in China in 739 AD, there appears a description of a beetle poison so strong […]
Amazing stop motion film from 1912 with insects.
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 […]
Last week my wife said, “it would be great if I could eat breakfast without maggots on the table” (referring to my insect breeding box). Although she had a point, she was wrong to call them maggots because they are actually beetle larva. Maggots are fly larva and most beetle […]