Best Stereo Microscopes for Studying Insects & More

Best Stereo Microscopes

When it comes to scientific study, nothing beats having a high-quality microscope. However, these devices come in various shapes, sizes, and capabilities, so how can you know which one will work best? Stereo microscopes are ideal for physical objects, such as biological creatures and samples. While these microscopes won’t allow you to see extra-tiny elements … Read more

Mantophasmatodea: African Gladiator Bugs

Three different Mantophasmatodea

Mantophasmatodea is an order of insects that was only officially discovered this century.  They were first described in 2002 and since then at least 19 species have been discovered according to the online database The Catalogue of Life. They are commonly known as Gladiator Bugs, African Rock Crawlers or Heelwalkers. In colour they vary from … Read more

Microcoryphia: The Antique World of Bristletails

Machilidae - unidentified species.

The Microcoryphia, known as bristletails are part of the old Thysanura (or three pronged bristle-tails) along with the Zygentoma.  They are an ancient lineage linking the Apterygota (primarily wingless insects) and the Pterygota (primarily winged insects).   It contains some of the most primitive of insects known to man i.e., the Thysanura are most like what … Read more

Caddisfly Case Building As Defense Behaviour In Caddisfly Larvae

caddis fly case

Abstract Although only a small number of terrestrial insect species have aquatic developmental stages, these larvae compose a large portion of the macroinvertebrate biomass found in most aquatic ecosystems. In some systems, caddisfly larvae (Trichoptera) constitute a substantial portion of this biomass. Aquatic insect forms demonstrate an immense array of behavioral and physiological adaptations in … Read more

Taxonomic Identification Key For Preying Mantids

This key is based on a translation of the works of Giglio-Tos and Beier. I have in general followed the classification used by Beier, and relied on Giglio-Tos to provide details missing from Beier. There are a number of important limitations: a) The key is entirely derivative, and not based on any original observations by me. … Read more