Insects Unlocked contributor Anne Schultz has been doing an amazing job documenting our species of ground beetles. Anne began this project with incredible, standardized photos of tiger beetles, and she is now moving through some other Carabid groups. My favorite pics are below.
New to Insects Unlocked, but an established UTIC student employee, Jen Schlauch will be photographing her favorite group this spring! These are the spider wasps!
Here are two samples:
Spider wasp (Pompilidae, Ageniella cupida)
Spider wasp (Pompilidae, Ageniella conflicta)
Insects Unlocked contributor Alexis Roberts is starting a series on the ants she brought back from her trip to Ethiopia at the beginning of 2018.
Here are some samples:
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The UT Insect Collections tabled at this year’s Center for Inquiry|Austin Darwin Day event.
Dax, Heather, Anne, Jen, and I worked the tables from 12-5pm, presenting our taxon-specific display boxes, a sample set from the Robb butterfly collection, and of course, the live Madagascar hissing roaches!
The event was on Saturday Feb 10, two days before official Darwin Day, and one day …
The Entomology Class for Fall 2017 took a field day out to Stengl Lost Pines Biological Station on Saturday, September 29. Stengl is a field station within the University of Texas Biodiversity Center. Less than an hour from the UT campus, this research station has hundreds of acres available for student and faculty research. The habitat is more like that …
Sawflies (Suborder Symphyta) are members of the order Hymenoptera. These insects are almost completely herbivorous, with the larvae hatching and maturing in a host plant. Sawflies must lay their eggs in the tissue of host plants, and to do this they use an egg-laying device (an ovipositor) that resembles a saw. The female sawfly uses the ovipositor as a drill …
Last month, UTIC Volunteer Anne Schultz brought in a scorpion momma loaded with baby scorpions on her back. Our natural reaction was to photograph them asap! Anne and I used a white box to get live photos of these adorable arachnids. The species we have here is the Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus), the most commonly-encountered scorpion in our area.
Late in August, I was focused on imaging sawflies when I suddenly changed course after finding a drawer of orchid bees. I was browsing Dr. Lawrence Gilbert’s tropical insect collection, recently donated to the UTIC, and the product of trips to Trinidad, Costa Rica, and Mexico during the 70s and 80s. In this tropical collection are insects with striking colors, …
These guys have been all over the place in Salt Lake City, Utah. I’m doing some google-fu to try and get more specific about what kind of Mayfly it might be.
The Utah County Health Department wants people to know that mayflies are not mosquitoes, and do not carry Zika. From their website:
Mayflies are not true flies but belong to the …
Came across one of these in Southern Ontario. It was, appropriately, hanging around in a vegetable garden. Unfortunate that such a lovely-looking insect is a pest to the plants!