New Predaceous Diving Beetle Named after Pinocchio

Beetles in the family Dytiscidae are known as predaceous diving beetles. According to the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, they are all aquatic and both adults and larvae are known to attack a wide variety of aquatic organisms. Twenty-three new species in the genus Exocelina were recently discovered in New Guinea, and they’ve been […]

The Cliff-Diving Ant of Madagascar Heroically Protects its Nest

In 2014, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) added 221 new plant and animal species to the family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth’s complex web of life. One of the new species is the “Hero Ant” — Malagidris sofina — which was found on the island nation of Madagascar by CAS entomologist […]

U.S. Navy Entomologists Maximize Readiness by Preventing Insect-borne Diseases

For the sailors assigned to Navy Environmental Preventative Medicine Units (NEPMU), the battlefield is microscopic. Disease is a very real enemy to the Navy and the latest developments in entomology, the study of insects and related arthropods, helps keep the threat at bay. While most sailors want nothing to do with bugs, Navy entomologists actively […]

Another Insect Named after Sir David Attenborough

Earlier this year, a 20-million-year-old pygmy locust found in amber was named after Sir David Attenborough. Now the British naturalist and filmmaker has been honored once again, this time with a new species of beetle that has been named in his honor — Trigonopterus attenboroughi. Researchers discovered 98 new species of the beetle genus Trigonopterus […]

Newly Discovered Assassin Bug was Incognito, but Now it’s Incognita

Sometimes new insect species are discovered in the wild, and sometimes they are discovered in the drawers of old museum collections. Then there are those that are discovered by accident, which is how Dr. J. E. McPherson, professor emeritus at Southern Illinois University, discovered a new species of assassin bug. In 2006, Dr. McPherson was […]