Rare footage of a new clearwing moth species from Malaysia reveals its behavior

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  • September 5, 2017
  • Unique footage of a new species of clearwing moth has been recorded in a primeval rainforest in Peninsular Malaysia revealing the behaviour of this elusive insect. Clearwing moths, which are day-flying insects belonging to the Sesiidae family, imitate bees and wasps. Apart from the common species considered as agricultural pests, these moths are known mainly from […]

    Gender dictates camouflage strategy in this newly identified praying mantis group

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  • June 14, 2017
  • Adult females and males in a newly identified genus of Latin American praying mantises have evolved sharply different camouflage strategies, according to a Cleveland Museum of Natural History-led study published in the journal ZooKeys. Adult males of the new genus retain the stubby, stick-like body configuration and brown coloration they have used as nymphs, whereas […]

    Origins of an enigmatic genus of Asian butterflies carrying mythological names decoded

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  • April 18, 2017
  • A group of rare Asian butterflies which have once inspired an association with Hindu mythological creatures have been quite a chaos for the experts. In fact, their systematics turned out so confusing that in order to decode their taxonomic placement, scientists had to dig up their roots some 43 million years back. Now, having shed […]

    New species of Brazilian copepod suggests ancient species diversification and distribution

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  • March 20, 2017
  • A new species of groundwater copepod has been discovered in the rocky savannas of Brazil – an ecosystem suffering from heavy anthropogenic impact. Upon description, the tiny crustacean turned out to also represent a previously unknown genus. It is described by Dr. Paulo H. C. Corgosinho, Montes Claros State University, Brazil, and his team in […]

    Rarely-seen event of ant brood parasitism by scuttle flies video-documented

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  • January 31, 2017
  • While many species of scuttle flies are associated with ants, their specific interactions with their hosts are largely unknown. Brood parasitism (attacking the immature stages, rather than the adult ants), for example, is an extremely rarely observed and little-studied phenomenon. However, a research team from the USA and Brazil, led by Dr. Brian Brown, Natural […]

    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 […]

    The Caucasus as an ‘island’ in the ‘sea’ of steppes: New insights in mosquito evolution

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  • November 7, 2016
  • From a geographical point of view, the Caucasus is far from an island or even a peninsula, being a relatively big mountainous region appearing as a fence at the border of Europe and Asia, situated between the Black and the Caspian seas. However, a study into the chromosome structure of mosquito larvae of the species […]

    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, […]

    New immigrant: Shiny Cowbirds noted from a recording altitude of 2,800 m in Ecuador

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  • May 5, 2016
  • Two juveniles of Shiny Cowbird, a parasitic bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, were spotted in the Andean city of Quito, Ecuador, for the first time. This finding represents an altitudinal expansion of approximately 500 m. Breeding populations might have been prompted by forest fragmentation and/or climate change, suggest the […]

    Critically Endangered and ancient Himalayan wolf needs global conservation attention

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  • April 25, 2016
  • Although the Himalayan wolf is visibly distinct from its European cousin, its current distribution has mostly been a matter of assumption, rather than evident truth. The most ancient wolf lineage, known to science, has been listed as Critically Endangered in the National Red List. Now, an international research team, led by Madhu Chetri, graduate student […]