Getting back into routines, and one neglected area has been my weekly recap of what’s cool and buggy on the web.
♦ Just a few items took my fancy in the last week, the major one being the discovery of a new species of lacewing by a previously featured photographer on this blog — Hock Ping Guek (aka ‘Kurt’ or ‘OrionMystery’)…
Kurt has posted the photos on his blog, and entomologist Shaun Winterton’s paper can be found at ZooKeys.
♦ Also creating a stir recently was the discovery of not just a new spider species, but a new spider family: the cave dwelling Trogloraptoridae. Eric R. Eaton over at Bug Eric gives us the low down on the find, and note this was a discovery also due to the work of an amateur biologist.
This image is used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. provided as part of a collaboration between Wikispecies and ZooKeys. Griswold, Charles; Audisio, Tracy; Ledford, Joel (2012). “An extraordinary new family of spiders from caves in the Pacific Northwest (Araneae, Trogloraptoridae, new family)”. ZooKeys 215: 77–102. doi:10.3897/zookeys.215.3547.
♦ And finally, ‘Bugman’ Jones has produced two blog posts on how to be a curious entomologist.
I am a photographer, not an entomologist. I do my best to have professionals assist in identifying the subjects of my photographs. However, positive identifications can not always be done unless the specimen is dead and viewed under a microscope. If you do find an error, or have doubts about the identification provided, please let me know in the comments or by email.