More assassins on the radar: As many as 24 new species of assassin bugs described

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  • July 11, 2016
  • As many as 24 assassin bugs new to science were discovered and described by Dr. Guanyang Zhang and his colleagues. In their article, published in the open access Biodiversity Data Journal, they describe the new insects along with treating another 47 assassin bugs in the same genus. To do this, the scientists examined more than 10,000 […]

    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, […]

    Scientist collects 30 sawfly species not previously reported from Arkansas

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  • May 16, 2016
  • Sawflies and wood wasps form a group of insects that feed mainly on plants when immature. Field work by Dr. Michael Skvarla, which was conducted during his Ph.D. research at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA, has uncovered 30 species of these plant-feeding wasps that were previously unknown in the state. The study is published it […]

    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 […]

    Diggers from down under: 11 new wasp species discovered in Australia

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  • September 18, 2015
  • After being mostly neglected for more than a hundred years, a group of digger wasps from Australia has been given a major overhaul in terms of species descriptions and identification methods. This approach has led to an almost 50% rise in the number of recognized species of these wasps on the continent. The study was […]