By Recycling Leftover Genes, Beetles Make New Horns and Eyes


By Viviane Callier Beetle horns are tremendously varied structures, both within and between species: some beetles have them, some don’t. The ones that do have them have evolved many special shapes and sizes. This diversity arises from the reuse of embryonic patterning genes during adulthood, according to two new studies appearing in Journal of Experimental […]

Beneficial Beetle Diversity Blooms on Strip-Tilled Farms


By Andrew Porterfield Biodiversity of insects has become an important issue in agriculture. Large-scale, intensive agricultural practices involve mechanically tilling the soil, managing pests with chemicals, and the use of plastic mulches and covers. While these practices control pests and increase crop yields, they can also reduce the populations of beneficial insects. Organic and conventional […]

32 New Beetle Species Identified from New Brunswick, Canada


In 1991, 1,365 beetle species were known from New Brunswick. That number increased to 2,703 by 2013, but there were still gaps in the knowledge of the coleopteran fauna. Now a group of insect specialists have joined forces in the name of their love for beetles, and have compiled their findings from the last three […]

Help Name a Beetle Species with Spectacular Genitalia After Stephen Colbert


By Michael L. Ferro Amazingly, many animals can only be told apart by their tallywhackers, and there is one that is so amazing that it needs to be named after the man with a million balls: Stephen Colbert. And YOU can support the project that will make this happen at! For whatever reason — […]

52-million-year-old Beetle Fossil is Oldest Known Practitioner of Myrmecophily


Scientists have uncovered the fossil of a 52-million-year old beetle that was probably able to live alongside ants by preying on their eggs and usurping resources within the comfort of their own nest. The fossil, encased in a piece of amber from India, is the oldest-known example of this kind of social parasitism, known as […]

24 New Beetle Species Discovered in the Lachnophorini Tribe


An extensive study by scientists at the Smithsonian Institution adds a new genus and 24 new species to the carabid beetle tribe Lachnophorini. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. “For a fairly large and diverse tribe of Carabidae with markedly interesting body forms and divergent ways of life, the Lachnophorini have […]

Researchers Discover Three New Species of Rove Beetles from New Zealand


At the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Louisiana State University entomologists Jong-Seok Park and Christopher Carlton presented a poster describing their discovery of a new genus and three new species of New Zealand endemic pselaphine staphylinid beetles belonging to the supertribe Faronitae. Now their research has been […]

If You’re Trying to Find Insects in the Forest, Look Up


Earlier this week, the Lyman Entomological Museum blog posted a piece about an article that appears in the journal Environmental Entomology. It describes how researchers from McGill University explored the changes in beetle and fly diversity as they went from ground level up to the canopy in maple forests in southern Quebec. Although the different […]

85 New Species of Jewel-like Beetles


The bottomless pit of insect biodiversity has yielded a treasure trove of new species of jewel-like clown beetles. In a paper published today in the journal ZooKeys, Michael Caterino and Alexey Tishechkin of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History describe 85 new species in the genus Baconia, renowned for their brilliant coloration and bizarrely […]

Can Beetles Make Good Mothers?


A new study provides a rare glimpse into how certain beetles actually protect their young by showing explicit signs of maternal instincts and care. An international team of scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Centro Universitário de Lavras, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, and Université libre de Bruxelles looked into the complex subsocial behaviors […]