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marycapaldi · 2 days ago
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The Five Moths
The assistant curator at the Academy of Natural Sciences approached me again this year, this time to illustrate five moths for his ongoing presentation on species gathered at the Eastern State Penitentiary (Last year, it was five butterflies, which you can see here!)
These are not yet up as prints or print-on-demand items, but will be when I next get a chance to update my shops!
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lygaeus-kalmii · 2 days ago
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butterfly dump!! no ids on these, sorry :(
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nippongoto · a day ago
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ヤエヤマサナエ
R4.4
石垣島
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ari-nemera · a month ago
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World’s largest bee, thought to be extinct, found in Indonesia
In 1859, while exploring the remote island of Bacan in the North Moluccas, Indonesia, the renowned naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace made an astounding discovery: the Megachile pluto — the world’s largest bee.
Wallace described the bee, which is about four times the size of a honeybee, as a “large black wasp-like insect, with immense jaws like a stag-beetle.” But for more than a century, that was the only known sighting of the Megachile pluto, and some feared that deforestation had rendered the giant insect extinct.
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“It was absolutely breathtaking to see this ‘flying bulldog’ of an insect that we weren’t sure existed any more,” Clay Bolt, the photographer who captured the first images of the species alive, told the BBC. “To actually see how beautiful and big the species is in life, to hear the sound of its giant wings thrumming as it flew past my head, was just incredible.”
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great-and-small · 3 months ago
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When people talk about “misunderstood” animals I feel like they’re not always including the true freaks of the animal kingdom. If you love them all including weirdos at the bottom like me you’re my favorite kind of person.
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gottastim · a month ago
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mackenzies.mariposas on ig
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wutz · a year ago
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me: *lifts up big rock*
all the bugs underneath it:
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violetsandshrikes · 10 months ago
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entomologists are the most fucking wild people ive ever met
i pointed out a cool wasp to one and she just picked it up with her bare hands and started showing me different features she was using to identify the species
on a walk with another one he just paused, turned, violently shoved his hand into some rotting wood and offered me a tunnel web spider like oh okay i guess-
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saturniidays · 13 days ago
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My gift to you: An Atlas of Insect Morphology free pdf
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zoologicallyobsessed · 3 months ago
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The general public is always shocked when they find out there’s 20,000 species of bees and not just bumblebees and honeybees.
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vicky-pandora · 3 months ago
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My DnD character Majora Prestance, a Ranger Swarmkeeper I have been playing since March 2021 ♥ She is very dear to me!
She is an Entler, a homebrew origin I created, based on Tieflings but with insect horns! Find out more about them here.
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mothmyspace · 5 months ago
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automeris frankae
location: mexico
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histsciart · 3 months ago
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Happy Moth Monday!
Atlas moth (Attacus atlas).
SciArt by Edward Donovan from his Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of China (1798). View more in the Biodiversity Heritage Library with thanks to the University Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for digitizing.
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fishychips · 2 months ago
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Moths. Feathers. Moths with feathers*!!
*These feathers are brought to you by CONVERGENT EVOLUTION!
So, here's the Alucitidae Family!! Commonly known as the many-plumed moths!! (Note, there’s also just plume moths, in the Pterophoridae family, but I wanted to talk about these ones today)
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Their wings are really something else! Each wing is made up of about 6 flexible spines from which bristles (similar to the barbs of bird feathers) project laterally forming feathers! There are about 200 species known, they are pretty small, the wingspan of adults ranging from 7-28mm. They are distributed in temperate and subtropical regions worldwide and, not surprisingly, are mostly nocturnal and some crepuscular. Their larvae tunnel through the leaves and buds of various shrubs, the larvae of the type species for example, Alucita hexadactyla (pictured above as adult, as larva below), feeds on honeysuckle!
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Also as a little fun fact, until 2004 there was only one species of many-plumed moth known to live in North America, A. montana (lowest photo) which was by the way mistaken to be the same as the European type species I talked above, since then however, two more species have been discovered by Bernard and Jean-François Landry, A. adriendenisi (left) and A. lalannei (right)!
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Mothman's fashionable brother.
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ivaninsect · 5 months ago
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Congratulations for finally earning your name my dear millipedes!
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Behold Eumillipes persephone, the leggiest animal on the planet and what a beauty it is indeed!
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rosesanguineum · 8 months ago
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Red Moths
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rubicunda · a year ago
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Caria chrysame psittacus, a type of metalmark butterfly known for its shimmery green markings. Photo credit: Kim Garwood
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biolumo · 5 months ago
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OH MY GOD BESTIES NEW BEETLES JUST DROPPED
And
They’re
Fuzzy
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You can read all about them here!
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learnyouabiology · 2 months ago
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Fun Fact: some “pill bugs” are crustaceans. Others... are not
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When I was around 12, a friend of mine told me that “potato bugs” (which is what we called these^ dudes where I grew up) weren’t actually bugs.
“They’re crustaceans,” she said, gleefully handing me a few. “Like crabs.”
This was shocking and delightful to me, and I carefully stored this fun fact away in the part of my brain used for exactly these sorts of fun facts. (I don’t remember where I stored the potato bugs she handed me, but my mom probably made me put them back in the garden).
Later, I learned that, while this is true, it wasn’t the whole story. It was true that some “potato bugs” (aka “pill bugs”) are terrestrial crustaceans. But there was another kind as well, living side-by-side with our funky little crustaceans, looking much the same
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The crustacean pill bugs that my friend was talking about are members of the family Armadillidae. The second group are a type of millipede, which we group together into the order Oniscomorpha. Here’s a comparison:
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pretty similar, right? Which is why it’s interesting that these guys aren’t closely related at all. (Also, I would like to voice my support of using the word “bug” to mean “terrestrial invertebrate”. Prescriptivist language is silly, and I say that spiders can be called “bugs” because that’s what people often call them. Hemipterans, don’t @ me with your “True Bug” claims 😉).
This is an excellent example of convergent evolution, in which two groups of organisms adapt to similar environments in similar ways, even though they’re not closely related. These two buggos both like to live under things, such as rocks, rotting logs, leaf litter, and paving stones, where they eat decomposing organic matter and generally live their best lives.
Clearly, this design was very well-suited for this way of life! 
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(This meme is deeply incorrect, but I thought it was funny. 1. they objectively came to the same design independently, bc evolution doesn’t copy homework (except with horizontal gene transfer but that’s a whole OTHER tangent) 2. I don’t actually know who came first. They both appeared in in Carboniferous period at least 300 million years ago, but that is a RANGE OF TIME, so 🤷‍♂️. )
And it doesn’t stop there! I guess the “armour on back, curl up when spooked” design is pretty popular in the tree of life!
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This has been fun fact friday keeping you updated on the latest trends, all the way from the Carboniferous period!!
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euripideez-nuts · 10 months ago
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gothic garden entomology vintage book covers
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