The Flies and Beetles That Turn Death Into Dinner

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By Denise Gemmellaro This is the fourth in a series of posts on forensic entomology. Read earlier posts in the series and stay tuned for future posts in the coming weeks here on Entomology Today. Every respectful movie or TV show featuring a scene with a dead body makes sure the buzzing of the flies […]

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 […]

Two New Dung Beetle Species Found in Mexico

A Mexican-Italian research team discovered two new dung beetle species in Mexico while carrying out a biodiversity study in conserved forests and cattle-grazing sites. The new species are described in the journal ZooKeys. As their name suggests, dung beetles are insects that feed mainly on mammal faeces. For decades, an international research team, led by […]

Termitophilic Scarab Beetles Found Hiding in Brazilian Termite Colonies

Termite soldiers are able to chemically detect intruders in their colonies. While most trespassers are swiftly dealt with, some spiders, centipedes, millipedes, and insects are allowed to find shelter within termite nests. These arthropods are known as “termitophiles.” Now for the first time ever, an international team of scientists has provided a record of chafer […]

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 […]