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Termite House-Guests

Last week I wrote about mites that live alongside honey bees, eating and reproducing within their hives. There are many tiny animals that associate with social insects, and today’s new species are yet another example: termite-loving rove beetles from Cambodia … Continue reading

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Metallic Wasps

Few things make me happier than beautiful new species featured in open-access publications. Today we greet a new species of cuckoo wasp from central and southern Europe (Rosa et al. 2015), and because the paper’s content is under a Creative Commons license, I … Continue reading

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Helpful Wasps

Internal feeders are insects, from beetles to caterpillars, that live inside plant tissues. Examples are bark beetles, which eat away at the inner tissues of trees; root-boring beetle larvae that live inside plant roots; and leaf-miners, caterpillars whose thin, almost … Continue reading

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Millipedes and their Parasites

When we think of a parasitoid, the example is usually that of an ichneumonid wasp and its caterpillar prey. The wasp lays its egg on a caterpillar and, when the egg hatches, a wasp larva begins to eat away at … Continue reading

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The Slug

Flower or hover flies (family Syrphidae) are widely toted as beneficial insects. They can be pollinators, just like bees, but their larvae or maggots can also be predators of pest insects such as aphids.  Hover flies can also be quite … Continue reading

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The Scaly Crickets

Among many new species named today, some of the most unusual were three new crickets from Southeast Asia (Tan et al. 2015). These crickets belong to the obscure and poorly-known family Mogoplistidae, cousins to the more recognizable (and audible) field … Continue reading

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