Desired taxa

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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Desired taxa

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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