New Species of Fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A new article by Michael Ferro and John Plakidas describes a new species of fly that was collected in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Neostenoptera appalachiensis is a gall midge, and it is the first record of the genus Neostenoptera in the New World. The specific name, appalachiensis, means “from the Appalachians” in Latin, in […]

New Beetle Species Named after Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Mark Twain

Michael Ferro, collection manager at the Clemson University Arthropod Collection, recently published an article that describes 14 new beetle species, all of which belong to the genus Sonoma. With these additions, the genus now has 57 species, 40 from western North America and 17 from the eastern U.S. These beetles, which belong to the family […]

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 https://experiment.com/sonoma! For whatever reason — […]

New Species of “Gargoyle Beetle” Named for LSU Professor Dorothy Prowell

Entomologists from Louisiana State University have described two new species of staphylinid beetles in the genus Batrisodes, bringing the total diversity of the genus in North America to 88 species. The first, Batrisodes dorothae, was found in the Feliciana Preserve in Lousiana. The second, Batrisodes spretoides, was found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park […]