walkwthoutrhythm:

eveshka:

fellowteen:

this is the most beautiful and amazing thing i have ever read in my entire life and it makes me so so happy

I know more than one couple like this.

Entomology brings people together!

Dead (or alive) bugs have to be one of the best presents I ever receive!

walkwthoutrhythm:

eveshka:

fellowteen:

this is the most beautiful and amazing thing i have ever read in my entire life and it makes me so so happy

I know more than one couple like this.

Entomology brings people together!

Dead (or alive) bugs have to be one of the best presents I ever receive!

Little Io moth (Automeris io)

These guys do have stinging hairs, but there sting is not bad (saddle backs are worse!).


labbugs:

Here it is! Hyperparasitoid Activity! My lab mate Justin did all the filming and editing; Jessica has been keeping colonies of hypers alive to study their natural history; Jessica and I wrote the script that I narrated. 

It turned out so much better than we were expecting! We are a little sad that there are no other videos (so far) in the Instructional category for us to compete against :(

July 30th, 2014 - Blacklighting
The big guy is a Desmia funeralis - Grape leaffolder

July 30th, 2014 - Blacklighting

The big guy is a Desmia funeralis - Grape leaffolder


vita-insectum:

On of my followers sent this to me and asked me to post it.  I’m happy to!  It’s a really well shot video and very informative.  Please enjoy this video about hyperparasitoid activity!

This is my labs video! That’s me narrating! I am so proud of my lab mates and I for making this!!

chrysallidem:

WHICH INSECT HAS MASTERED BOTH BRAIN SURGERY AND MIND CONTROL?

The answer is, the emerald cockroach wasp, or jewel wasp (Ampulex compressa), which is a colorful solitary wasp who uses cockroaches as hosts for its larvae, because why lay your eggs in a hole in the ground when you can lay them right on top of their food source?

The female wasp stings the cockroach, often six times bigger than herself. The first dose of venom paralyzes the front legs. The second dose of venom, however, is when it gets interesting. While the roach is paralyzed and defenseless, the wasp injects her venom into the brain.

When all this is done, she bites off the roach’s antennae, drinks its hemolymph (insect blood, simply put), and leads the still alive, zombified cockroach to her burrow.

At the burrow, she lays an egg on top of the cockroach and buries them both. When the egg hatches, the larva eats its way into the cockroach’s abdomen, living off the sugar-rich hemolymph. After that, the larva will kill the cockroach (yes, it was alive during this whole process) and proceed to pupate inside the body.

Isn’t nature beautiful?

Classification: Animalia - Arthropoda - Insecta - Hymenoptera - Apocrita - Apoidae - Ampulicidae - Ampulex

Image credit: Enio Branco, Gudrun Herzner, Ram Gal.


Here it is! Hyperparasitoid Activity! My lab mate Justin did all the filming and editing; Jessica has been keeping colonies of hypers alive to study their natural history; Jessica and I wrote the script that I narrated. 

It turned out so much better than we were expecting! We are a little sad that there are no other videos (so far) in the Instructional category for us to compete against :(

June 18th 2014 - Blacklighting
to be id’ed

June 18th 2014 - Blacklighting

to be id’ed


Our bug lab is finishing up our submission to the ESA video competition. The Insect Net Use Tutorial was the first video we worked on, with the Parisitoid Activity video being the second my lab mate made. As soon as the video is finished and submitted I will share it here!

June 18th 2014 - Blacklighting

to be id’ed

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