American scientists discover the first Antarctic ground beetle

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  • November 28, 2016
  • Fossilised forewings from two individuals, discovered on the Beardmore Glacier, revealed the first ground beetle known from the southernmost continent. It is also the second beetle for the Antarctic insect fauna with living descendants. The new species, which for now is also the sole representative of a new genus, is to be commonly known as […]

    Foreign beetle species recorded for the first time in Canada thanks to citizen science

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  • November 21, 2016
  • With social networks abound, it is no wonder that there is an online space where almost anyone can upload a photo and report a sighting of an insect. Identified or not, such public records can turn out to be especially useful — as in the case of an Old World beetle species — which appears […]

    New Chinese leaf-roller weevil does not know how to roll leaves

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  • July 5, 2016
  • A long-term project on insect-seed interactions, currently being carried out by researchers of the Institute of Zoology (Chinese Academy of Sciences) in a subtropical forest near Dujiangyan City, Sichuan, China, revealed the presence of larvae of an unknown weevil species eating the seeds in the pods of a shrubby legume. Scientists from the Institute of Zoology, […]

    End of an era: New sixth volume Research on Chrysomelidae the last with its original editors

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  • June 14, 2016
  • The new and sixth volume of Research on Chrysomelidae consists of five research articles devoted to the latest findings about the amazing family of over 37,000 leaf beetle species from more than 2,500 genera. Among the studies, conducted by authors from all around the world, there is a new species of potentially dangerous legume-feeding pest, as […]

    More than just hippos and crocs: The hidden biodiversity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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  • June 6, 2016
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the sub-tropical north-eastern corner of South Africa has become famous for its birdlife, crocodiles and hippopotamuses that frolic in the warm estuarine waters of Lake St Lucia. However, there’s more to the park than the “big and hairy”, according to aquatic ecologist Prof Renzo Perissinotto at […]

    The first long-horned beetle giving birth to live young discovered in Borneo

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  • May 12, 2016
  • A remarkably high diversity of the wingless long-horned beetles in the mountains of northern Borneo is reported by three Czech researchers from the Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. Apart from the genera and species new to science, the entomologists report the first case of reproduction by live birth in this rarely collected group of beetles. […]

    Flightless survivors: Incredible invertebrate diversity in Los Angeles metropolitan area

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  • May 3, 2016
  • Urban wildlife is surprisingly understudied. We tend to know more about animals in exotic places than about those that live in our cities. This is why researchers Emile Fiesler, president of Bioveyda Biological Inventories, Surveys, and Biodiversity Assessments, USA, and Tracy Drake, manager of the Madrona Marsh Preserve, looked into the fauna of the Madrona […]

    New curiously scaled beetle species from New Britain named after ‘Star Wars’ Chewbacca

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  • April 26, 2016
  • Chewbacca, the fictional ‘Star Wars’ character, has given his name to a new species of flightless beetle, discovered in New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Although Trigonopterus chewbacca was only one of the four black new weevil beetles found during the expedition, it stood out with its curious scales, which made the authors think of Han […]

    Tracing the ancestry of dung beetles

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  • April 25, 2016
  • One of the largest and most important groups of dung beetles in the world evolved from a single common ancestor and relationships among the various lineages are now known, according to new research by an entomologist from Western Kentucky University. The study by Dr T. Keith Philips, recently published in the open access journal ZooKeys, […]

    Rediscovering an interesting group of ant-loving beetles

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  • April 7, 2016
  • Case-bearer leaf beetles, scientifically called Cryptocephalinae, live a secretive life. While the adults hide their heads inside their torso, like a cloaked, mysterious figure, their eggs stay hidden inside a case, carefully constructed by their mothers, using fecal pellets. Having already hatched, the larvae and, later, the pupae keep this initial case and build on […]