March 2023 M T W T F S S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Category Archives: Taxonomy
What are Gnats? Are Gnats Flies?
I received this question from my learning community on Facebook called the SciHive! We deep dive into topics and I get some really insightful questions! And I even love these kinds of questions that really show the dichotomy between colloquial … Continue reading
Posted in Identification, Taxonomy Tagged are gnats flies, brachycera, Diptera, Fly, fungus gnat, gnat, nematocera, what is a gnat Leave a comment
What is the Difference Between Dragonflies and Damselflies?
I get this question in person more than I see it online. So let’s break it down shall we? What are dragonflies and damselflies? How are they similar? How are they different? And take a deeper dive than you might … Continue reading
What is an Arachnid?
One of our most common identification requests are pictures of spiders and other arachnids. Nancy and I did a live video awhile back talking about arachnids. In the video we say that you can type the word “SPIDER” to receive a … Continue reading
Posted in Identification, Taxonomy 1 Comment
What’s the Difference Between a Butterfly and a Moth
Written by Nancy Miorelli We’ve been having a lot of fun and games on our Facebook Page! Literally. Games. Like our new bug quiz series! Which of the lettered insects is a butterfly? So have a quick look a the … Continue reading
Posted in Taxonomy Tagged brush footed butterfly, Butterfly, clubbed antennae, Hedylidae, hooked antennae, Lepidoptera, moth, Taxonomy 2 Comments
Written by Joe Ballenger Since it’s summer, and bug season is in full swing, we get a lot of neat observations in our inbox. I wanted to highlight one such observation in this week’s post, because it involves one of … Continue reading
Posted in Identification, Taxonomy Tagged Flies 1 Comment
Never growing up: why are there insects which *don’t* go through metamorphosis?
Written by Joe Ballenger If someone begins a statement with ‘this might be a dumb question, but…’ my ears usually perk up, because it’s very likely that something interesting is about to follow. @Stylopidae whoa! this is a dumb question, … Continue reading
Posted in Developmental Biology, Physiology, Taxonomy Tagged Development, Environment, Food, genetics, Genomics, Neoteny, Paedogenesis, Parasites, Parasitoids, Physiology, reproduction, reproductive biology, sex Leave a comment
So You’re In the Tropics, Named a New Species Yet?
Written by Nancy Miorelli The short answer is “No.” The long answer is “No.” but with with a bit more explanation. The first is that I’m a communicator, an ecologist, and don’t have a lot of the proper equipment. Have … Continue reading
Posted in Taxonomy Tagged discover, Ecuador, Identification, megadiverse, name species, new species, south america, species, tropics 2 Comments
A Night in the Museum
Written by Nancy Miorelli Basically, things showed up in boxes with with various bits of label data. Some of which is incomplete, some of which the specimens aren’t preserved properly, and some of which aren’t stored properly. This all kind of … Continue reading
Posted in Taxonomy Tagged box, drawer, funding, Insect, museum, natural history, specime 2 Comments
What did these wasps manage to get themselves stuck in?
We get a lot of neat pictures in our inbox, and I think this is one of the cooler images we’ve gotten because there’s a lot going on in this picture. I’m not 100% certain of what the wasps are … Continue reading
Posted in Chemistry, Ecology, Education, Taxonomy Tagged Beneficial Insects, Biochemistry, Cockroach, Hymenoptera, Physiology Leave a comment
What’s going on with the bugs at Burning Man?
@SciBugs @BugQuestions burning question for you!! Please help us identify this massive swarm in the Nevada desert. pic.twitter.com/rxkEIga0Ij — Suzanna (@emerald150) August 18, 2015 A couple days ago, we got a tweet about some bugs which were swarming in Nevada. … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, News, Pest Management, Taxonomy Leave a comment
You must be logged in to post a comment.