New species of insect discovered in China with an 8 inch wingspan
And this latest find is no exception, dwarfing other such insects of the order. According to Scientific American members of the Megaloptera family are not well known. When they are larvae they spend a lot of time out of sight in the water, only leaving when they pupate and they become adults. They can be found in or near a variety of wet environments including ponds, lakes and swamps. The huge mandibles at the front of the insect, meanwhile, are not used for eating but rather to attract females and hold them in place during mating. The species is also known for its ferocious bite, which can break human skin. Megaloptera insects typically live for only a few days as adults, so many will spend there few days of adulthood mating, producing new larvae to grow underwater. With a wingspan 8.3 inches (21 centimetres), this species breaks the previous record holder for largest aquatic insect, the South American helicopter damselfly, which has a wingspan of 7.5 inches (19 centimetres).
FROM BIG TO SMALL... TINY SPECIES OF WASP DISCOVERED A scientist discovered a new species of wasp less than a millimetre long living in a tree in his son's school playground. Dr Andrew Polaszek, an insect expert at London's Natural History Museum, found the wasp inside whiteflies on a maple tree. He said: 'I noticed some of the whiteflies looked slightly different to the others so I took them to the laboratory. When I saw the wasp inside I knew it looked different to anything I'd seen before.' Dr Polaszek, 54, made the discovery five years ago at Sevenoaks Primary School in Kent, where his son Timothy was a pupil. But rigorous tests to establish the wasp as a new species - named Encarsia harrisoni - have only just been completed. The wasp, which Dr Polaszek named after fellow Sevenoaks scientist Dr David Harrison, is a parasitoid, meaning it lays its eggs inside other insects.
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Dogs get jealous too! Canines snap, bark and push to get their owners' attention when they're playing with other pets According to Scientific American members of the Megaloptera family are not well known. When they are larvae they spend a lot of time out of sight in the water, only leaving when they pupate and they become adults.
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Toxic32 wrote July 28, 2014 10:26:52 AM CEST
I wonder what they taste like...They look nice and crunchy.
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properREDeye wrote July 25, 2014 4:50:03 PM CEST
Why is it that from paragraph three onwards the content of this is advertising?
Very disappointing that they are making it actually inside posts now.