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NC insects of the week

Hemiptera: Hebridae: Hebrus concinnus Uhler, 1894 Thinking about that spongillafly last week reminded me of other interesting and somewhat rare species I’ve come across, so this week I cover another uncommon insect I collected during my tenure as a masters student: the velvet water bug, Hebrus concinnus. Actually, I don’t know if the individuals I collected were this species, but they were definitely Hebrus. I found them crawling across the surface of a pool at the bottom of a waterfall…

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NC insect of the week – number 10

Mecoptera: Meropeidae: Merope tuber Newman, 1838 Merope tuber is the only representative of the family Meropeidae in North America. The Australian earwigfly, Austromerope poultoni Killington and the extinct species Boreomerope antiqua Novokschonov, known from the Middle Jurassic in Siberia, are the only other known species in the family (1). The first specimen of Merope tuber was collected in 1837 by Edward Doubleday in Trenton Falls, New York. In 1838, a contemporary of Charles Darwin, Edward Newman, described the species. The…

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NC insect of the week – number 15

Mantodea: Mantidae: Brunneria borealis, Scudder 1896 As a kid, I was always outside exploring the great outdoors, which for me usually consisted of chasing and catching any insect within sight (even wasps, which I usually ended up regretting)! But I remember, as many of us probably do, catching and trying to feed one of the most bizarre of insects, the praying mantis. I thought they were fascinating – after all, they are the only insects that can look over their…

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Taxon wish list: Limacodidae (Lepidoptera)

Well, it might be too late for this year’s class, but we desperately need adult Limacodidae (Lepidoptera) for the teaching collection – we have only one un-spread, atypical specimen. I’ve pulled these small to medium sized moths from sheets bathed in the bluish tinge of Hg-vapor and from incandescent lights against my house. They often adopt relatively bizarre postures that involve headstands, curved abdomens, and one position that can only be described as a frozen «push-up.» Look for colors that…

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