Eight New Stiletto Fly Species Discovered in Australia

Two new genera and eight new species of stiletto flies have been discovered in Australia, and are described in the journal ZooKeys. The first new genus is called Sidarena, which “is derived from the Greek Sideros, meaning iron, referring to the broad metallic-grey stripe typically present on the thorax; and arena, referring to its habit […]

Letters Home from the 2004 International Congress of Entomology in Australia

Editor’s note: The author, Tom Sappington, attended four different International Congresses of Entomology, from 1996-2008, and sent hand-written letters home during each of them. The following, the third part of four, is unedited text from his trip to Brisbane, Australia for the 2004 Congress. Part I: Florence, Italy, 1996 — Part II, Iguassu Falls, Brazil, […]

Who, What, and Where Do Mosquitoes Bite?

By Cameron Webb Mosquitoes bite. They need to bite. Female mozzies require the nutritional hit of a bloodmeal to develop eggs. The blood can come from many different animals. Some mosquitoes are fussy with highly specific tastes, while others will feed on whoever, or whatever, is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Understanding […]

A New Genus of Plant Bug, Plus Four New Species from Australia

A new genus of plant bug and four new species have been discovered in Australia. The newly discovered insects, which belong to the family Miridae and the subfamily Phylinae, are described in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. Stephanie Leon and Christiane Weirauch, two entomologists from the University of California, Riverside, examined 761 […]

Eleven New Digger Wasp Species Discovered in Australia

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 […]