New Fossil Evidence Shows Beetles Pollinated Orchids Millions of Years Ago

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

New Beetle Genus Discovered in London Museum

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A visit to the Natural History Museum in London yielded an unexpected surprise for Dr. Joseph Parker, a UK biologist based in New York at Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History. Among the 22,000 drawers of specimens in the beetle collection was a new rove beetle genus collected during the 1990s in […]

New Beetle Discovered in the Big City

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Manila, the world’s 10th largest megacity and 6th largest conurbation, based on official statistics, is not a place one would normally expect to discover new species, even in a country that is known as a biodiversity hotspot. In a 83-hectare green island amidst the unnatural ocean of countless man-made edifices, researchers of the Ateneo de […]

West Virginia Man Breeds Flesh-eating Insects for Taxidermy

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Taxidermists who mount deer and other animals often need to boil parts of the animals in order to remove the flesh. However, this can be messy and can create a foul odor. John Daniels from Elkins, West Virginia has found a hobby that allows him to help taxidermists avoid the boiling procedure by using dermestid […]

100 Tiny Predatory Beetle Species Discovered in Tahiti

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A collaborative biological survey that focused on the insects of French Polynesia has resulted in the discovery of over 100 tiny predatory beetle species in Tahiti, 28 of these species newly described in the open-access journal ZooKeys. The predatory beetles range in size from 3-8 mm long, and have evolutionarily lost their flight wings, making […]