Once again, my job is making my life too busy, so here’s a roundup of some neat insect posts from around the net!

BiblioOdessey has some lovely reproductions of moth engravings from 1843.

Ugly Overload has another collection of lovely mantis photos, and coverage of vampire moths.

World’s largest walking stick is discovered–2 feet long!

The Other 95% has footage of Euglossine bees pollenating orchids.  (Shiny!)

Beetles in the Bush has new records for Tiger Beetles.  And Cicindela has more lovely photos of Tigers. (Shiny! Again!)

Myrmecos covers one of my favorite western Jewel Scarab beetles.  (Yet more Shiny!)

Anna X-rays bees! Well, sticks with bee larvae. Very cool photos!

NCSU Museum has a really nifty new specimen collecting map and database.  And Osage Orange discusses a new mapping database. Grrr–Michigan is not included!

Also, Ontogeny, Matt Dowling’s blog, has been deleted. Anyone know what’s up?

Our image of the day is Calligrapha serpentina, photographed by Jerryoldenettel.

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. Wow, Anna’s X-rayed bees are amazing.

  2. For more “Ooh shiny!” I have a Blue Morpho pictured in a late-night post. “The benefits of buggy design” explores biomimetics: how applied research and engineering solves practical applications by using solutions that have already evolved in insects (as well as other organisms).


  3. Caligrapha species are so gorgeous. There are these metallic gold ones that look they belong on jewelry.

  4. Kai,
    People have used the metallic exoskeletons and iridescent wings of insects for jewelry for a number of centuries. They really are irresistible!

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