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The one that got away

From the not-like-I-planned-it file:

The bold, playful style of Graphocephala coccinea, the candy-striped leafhopper, is all the rage this season: photo details: Canon EOS 7D camera Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens ISO 100, f/13, 1/250sec diffused twin flash

Speed was essential to scoring points in yesterday’s istockphoto taxonomy fail challenge. Commentator JasonC replied within minutes of the original posting with 8 answers correct to the appropriate level and is awarded 8 points. RobM and MarekB also picked up a point each for adding identifications of the Syrphid and the fire ant male. Correct…

With plumes of crude oil destroying the Gulf of Mexico, tensions rising in the middle east, a severe hurricane season reving up in the Atlantic, and the earth opening up and just plain swallowing parts of Guatemala City whole, what else could possibly go wrong? A mormon cricket crosses the road, Nevada. Well. How about…

Mystery #1 I admit, I like to pick on iStockphoto, the pioneering company behind the high volume/low cost microstock model of media licensing. There’s nothing wrong with microstock. After all, the thriving web-based market for cheap images is a ripe opportunity. But buyers get what they pay for, and they should be aware that a…

Answer to the Monday Night Mystery

You folks are quick. Not two minutes after I posted yesterday’s mystery bug, commentator FormicidaeFantasy provided the correct answer: it is the forelimb of a praying mantis. Specifically, a nymph of the Carolina mantis Stagmomantis carolina. So, eight highly valuable Myrmecos Points go to FormicidaeFantasy. A number of you chimed in with additional relevant information.…

Monday Night Mystery

We haven’t done an ant mystery for ages. So here you go: Although I photographed this little ant in Florida, it could just as easily have been in a number of tropical places. Five points each for the first person to pick the genus and the species. The cumulative points winner for the month of…

Heterospilus, undescribed species, Costa Rica My more astute readers may have noticed that Myrmecos Blog has been uncharacteristically quiet this week. I do apologize, but I have a regular research job aside from blogging that periodically requires attention. I’ve been assembling genetic and morphological data from 100 or so wasps in the hyperdiverse genus Heterospilus.…

Answer to the Monday Night Mystery

What was the mystery? It’s a unique-headed bug in the enigmatic family Enicocephalidae. These soil-dwelling insects are predators of other arthropods. They are of phylogenetic interest as a potential sister lineage to the remaining Heteroptera, the true bugs. Enicocephalids aren’t terribly common- I can count on one hand the times I’ve seen them in the…

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Pea Aphids, Acyrthosiphon pisum