Beetle Fossil Nearly Doubles the Age of Known Parasites of Social Insects

Mesosymbion compactus

When ancient insects first evolved eusocial behavior and began forming colonies, it didn’t take long, paleontologically speaking, for parasites of those resource-rich colonies to evolve, as well. A newly discovered ancient species of beetle found preserved in amber dates this apparent parasitic behavior to at least 98.8 million years ago. In a paper published 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 Lucid Key to North American Rove Beetle Subfamilies

Michael Ferro, Margaret Thayer, Alfred Newton, and Jong-Seok Park have created an interactive, online Lucid key to North American subfamilies of Staphylinidae, commonly known as rove beetles. One out of every five beetles in the U.S. is a rove beetle, and their key is designed to make the first step in identification a little bit […]

Charles Darwin’s Rove Beetle Imaged On-site in Portland, OR

Each year at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, another meeting takes place. A group called the Entomological Collections Network (ECN) meets at about the same time and place, and they put on presentations about taxonomy, systematics, museum collections, interpreting data, and more. Plus, many of the attendees bring insects from all […]