Category Archives: Hemiptera

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New-ish Review – Beetles who love aphids who love ants who love aphids….

  Organisms that live with ants are called myrmecophiles: literally, “ant lovers”. They do this for a number of reasons: they may benefit from the protection offered by the ants, and/or the environmental conditions of the nest […]

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Walks on Water with Hairy Feet…

No I’m not talking about a Hobbit Messiah. Water striders manage their water surface perambulations because of two factors: the surface tension of the water and extremely hairy feet. Not just ordinary hairs either — members […]

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Retro – Phantom Menace

I have been organizing and cleaning-up my Lightroom folders, making room on a 1 TB hard drive. I came across this photo, a scan of a slide taken many years ago. It is slightly out […]

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Parasitoid, Predator and Prey

A parasitic wasp of the genus Callaspidia (Hymenoptera, Family Figitidae, Subfamily Aspiceratinae) laying eggs in a syrphid (hoverfly) larva. Photographed on 31 July, 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta. This is similar to one of the photographs […]

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Alfred Keller and Treehoppers

Last week Nature released an article on Alfred Keller, the insect artist that once worked for Berlin’s natural history museum, the Museum für Naturkunde. I don’t have (free) access to this article, but get a […]

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A World on a Honeysuckle

During July and August this year, I spent some time on a step ladder, examining a honeysuckle vine (Lonicera hyb. ‘Mandarin’) that grows on our garage wall. I found an amazing diversity of bugs congregating […]

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Tree Hoppers on CBC

For those who have the opportunity, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is featuring a documentary on the family Membracidae – the treehoppers – this Sunday on The Nature of Things. A scientific adventure documentary, Mini Monsters […]

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