Category Archives: Anatomy

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Ento 101: the Abdomen

Long neglected, I am resuming with the Ento. 101 project. Please view the disclaimer at the bottom of the Entomology 101 page. Previous: Ento. 101–Legs. The Insect Abdomen (eidonomy for now, I’ll save the guts for later) […]

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Insects by Order: Hemiptera, the ‘True’ Bugs.

It has happened more than once, at some point in a presentation or macro class, that my reference to ‘true bugs’ will trigger a response from someone with words to the effect of, “There are […]

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Ladybird Beetlebum

The afternoon was getting hot, and I was looking for some shade to sit down and enjoy my lunch and take a short nap. The problem was, I was on the northwest floor of the valley in […]

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Name this Fly

Last week a began setting-up for taking images through a second-hand microscope that I obtained many years ago. This is not a great photograph, but it is my first attempt at a focus stack using […]

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Ento.101: Legs

(Previous Article: Insect Wing Structure) Continuing with entomological self-education… Legs: they define the Hexapods: attached to the prothorax, mesothorax and metathorax of  most mature adults in Class Insecta are a pair of legs, giving six […]

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I.D Challenge: A Golden Knee.

I thought it would be interesting to try a Ted MacRae style of ID challenge. I believe I have this one down to the genus, but can anyone help me determine the species based on […]

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A closer look at the Purple-rimmed Carabus,

I thought I would take a closer look at the Carabus nemoralis I photographed on Sunday. I chose this photo because it has less of the coppery sheen which was previously revealed, mainly due to the flash angle. In […]

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Schtinky Beetle

OK, its not Nicrophorus ‘schtinkii’, but rather Nicrophorus investigator. However, in the confines of my white bowl field studio, and perhaps magnified by parabolic reflection, this burying beetle was more than a little on the stinky side of odoriferous. […]

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