Tag Archives: Insect

Collecting Tips – The Awkward Inbetween Steps

Written by Nancy Miorelli The internet is chock-full of advice for collecting and if you’re looking to build an insect collection but can’t take a formal class, there’s lots of available help. I myself, have a YouTube series dedicated to … Continue reading

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Through the Compound Eye

Written by Nancy Miorelli Eyes are remarkable structures that have evolved independently at least three times. The most obvious advantage of eyes is that they help us understand the world around us by absorbing what is essentially data, which our brains then … Continue reading

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Bug Valentines!

Written by Nancy Miorelli I love Valentine’s Day and its something that I like to share with my friends. Last year I started drawing “Insect Valentines” for my friends at work,  where I’d couple insect biology and art. I had … Continue reading

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How do insects breathe? Part 2: Parasites

Written by Joe Ballenger In the first part of our post, Wait, Insects Breathe? But How?, we talked about how insects breathe. Although they use oxygen, like humans, they don’t use lungs. Instead, they use a system of hollow tubes … Continue reading

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Is the Smallest Multicelled Organism an Insect?

Written by Nancy Miorelli @Robot_Insect Is an insect the smallest non one celled animal? Which one is smallest? — Charles Simmins (@CharlesSimmins) December 16, 2014 Well, in short. No. It’s actually a microscopic, parasitic zooplankton that attaches itself to the … Continue reading

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