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 […]