New Fossil Evidence Shows Beetles Pollinated Orchids Millions of Years Ago

By John P. Roche For flowering plants to reproduce sexually, they need to disperse pollen so that the male gametes in the pollen can reach and fertilize the egg in the plant embryo sac. Plants have evolved a variety of mechanisms to disperse pollen. Among them, orchids have evolved a mechanism using pollination structures called […]

Hundred-Million-Year-Old Beetle Provides Clues to the Past

About 100 million years ago in present-day Myanmar, a tiny beetle flew into a coniferous tree and became engulfed in its resin. Over time, the resin fossilized into amber — with the beetle fully encased — resulting in one of the most spectacularly preserved ancient beetle specimens yet described. “For a beetle taxonomist and for […]

New Beetle Species Discovered on Spain’s Gran Canaria

Two Spanish scientists have discovered a new species of beetle, which they have called Oromia thoracica. This blind weevil is brownish-grey and has a flattened body and thorax that almost covers its head, an adaptation to its life underground. It is described in the journal Zootaxa. In recent years, the underground environment of the Canary […]

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 […]

New Beetle Species Discovered in the World’s Deepest Cave

Researchers from Spain and Portugal have discovered a new species of beetle in the depths of a cave that is 2,140 meters deep — the Krubera Cave, situated in the Arabika Massif in the Western Caucasus. Ana Sofía Reboleira, a researcher from the Universities of Aveiro and La Laguna, and Vicente M. Ortuño, from the […]