A Red List of insect experts in Europe

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • March 19, 2021
  • New EC-funded project will identify trends in taxonomic expertise across Europe to identify gaps in expert knowledge Insects are the largest taxonomic group in the animal kingdom. Three out of four described animal species belong to the class Insecta. They are widely distributed in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Indispensable to the ecosystem, insects drive key […]

    New DNA barcoding project aims at tracking down the “dark taxa” of Germany’s insect fauna

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • February 3, 2021
  • New dynamic article collection at Biodiversity Data Journal is already accumulating the project’s findings About 1.4 million species of animals are currently known, but it is generally accepted that this figure grossly underestimates the actual number of species in existence, which likely ranges between five and thirty million species, or even 100 million.  Meanwhile, a […]

    First Australian night bees recorded foraging under the cover of darkness

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • November 2, 2020
  • Original post by Flinders University, Australia Australian bees are known for pollinating plants on beautiful sunny days, but a new study has identified two species that have adapted their vision for night-time conditions for the first time. The study by a team of ecology researchers has observed night time foraging behaviour by a nomiine (Reepenia […]

    A new species of Darwin wasp from Mexico named in observance of the 2020 quarantine period

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • October 8, 2020
  • “We thought that it was a good idea to remember this extraordinary year through the name of one remarkable species of Darwin wasp found in seven Mexican States (including Tamaulipas, where the UAT campus is located) and also Guatemala,” comment the researchers who discovered the previously unknown species.

    New subspecies of the rarest Palaearctic butterfly found in the Arctic Circle of Yakutia

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • September 8, 2020
  • An isolated population of the rarest Palaearctic butterfly species: the Arctic Apollo (Parnassius arcticus), turned out to be a new to science subspecies with distinct looks as well as DNA. Named Parnassius arcticus arbugaevi, the butterfly is described in a recent paper, published in the peer-reviewed, open-access scientific journal Acta Biologica Sibirica.  “Thanks to the […]

    ‘Insectageddon’ is ‘alarmist by bad design’: Scientists point out the study’s major flaws

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • March 19, 2019
  • Earlier this year, a research article triggered a media frenzy by predicting that as a result of an ongoing rapid decline, nearly half of the world’s insects will be no more pretty soon Amidst worldwide publicity and talks about ‘Insectageddon’: the extinction of 40% of the world’s insects, as estimated in a recent scientific review, a critical […]