Insects & Arachnids

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INSECTS have six legs, antennae, and are segmented into 3 body parts. They are by far the most diverse animal group living on the planet today with over 1 million species. Insects make up perhaps 90% of all animals that have ever lived!

ARACHNIDS, though older, are a much smaller group that have eight legs and are segmented into 2 body parts. They include Spiders, Scorpions, Ticks, Mites, Camel Spiders, and Daddy Long-legs. Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years. Honey bees trained to detect cancer. Dutch Design Week 2013: Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees ( + slideshow).

Honey bees trained to detect cancer

The bees are placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer. "Trained bees only rush into the smaller chamber if they can detect the odour on the patient's breath that they have been trained to target," explained Soares, who presented her Bee's project at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven last month.

Scientists have found that honey bees - Apis mellifera - have an extraordinary sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range. Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer.

Revealing Metamorphosis. Three-dimensional imaging of living chrysalises shows how butterflies develop.

Revealing Metamorphosis

Internal anatomy of V. cardui as it develops within the chrysalis. The tracheal system is blue, the midgut is red, the air lumen is green, and the Malpighian tubules (part of the excretory system) are orange. prev next expand Revealing Metamorphosis Image Gallery. Asian "Fortune-Teller" Spider Found in U.S. for First Time.

An East Asian spider known for its colorful nicknames and strong, golden silk has moved into the U.S. state of Georgia—the first time the species has been recorded in North America.

Asian "Fortune-Teller" Spider Found in U.S. for First Time

A new study found that trees and shrubs in at least three counties in northern Georgia are now seasonally decorated with Nephila clavata's big, yellow webs. (See spider pictures on National Geographic's Your Shot.) Scientists think the hand-size arachnids hitchhiked across the ocean as shipping stowaways and have been quietly living in the state for a few years. Tinkerbella nana. Clap if you believe: Tinkerbella nana fairyfly.

Tinkerbella nana

Photograph: Dr John T Huber. Fight to the death. New praying mantis species discovered. Nineteen new species of a tree-living praying mantis family have been discovered, tripling the group’s diversity at a stroke.

New praying mantis species discovered

The bark mantises (Liturgusa Saussure) from Central and South America were found in tropical forests and among specimens kept in museums. Many of the newly described species are known only from a few specimens collected before 1950 from locations now heavily impacted by agriculture or urban development. “Based on this study, we can predict that mantis groups with similar habitat specialisation in Africa, Asia and Australia will also be far more diverse than what is currently known,” said Dr Gavin Svenson, curator of invertebrate zoology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in the US. Whip Scorpion. We've seen the elegant Scorpion with their often rather dainty pincers, now let's see their relatives, the chunky Whip Scorpions with their own brutal, barbarous claws.

Whip Scorpion

Whip Scorpions, also known oddly as Vinegaroons, are indeed arachnids with thick, hefty bodies. Most of them are 3 cm (1.2 in) long or a bit under, but the biggest ones can reach 8.5 cm (3.3 in). Bush-crickets have the world's biggest testicles (relatively speaking) Egyptian Giant Solpugids (Camel Spider) Camel spiders became an Internet sensation during the Iraq war of 2003, when rumors of their bloodthirsty nature began to circulate online.

Egyptian Giant Solpugids (Camel Spider)

Many tales were accompanied with photos purporting to show spiders half the size of a human. 20 Lovely Macro Photographs By Magdalena Wasiczek  The Incredible Praying Mantis. Mantodea (or mantises) is an order of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species in 15 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats.

The Incredible Praying Mantis

A colloquial name for the order is “praying mantises”, because of the typical “prayer-like” stance, although the term is often misspelled as “preying mantis” since mantises are predatory. [Source] Who's Your Daddy? Take Notice of the Small Things. Giant Spider Web Mystery Solved. Earlier this month, entomologists were debating the odd phenomenon of an enormous spider web that blankets several trees, shrubs and the ground for over 200-yards over a trail in a North Texas park.

Giant Spider Web Mystery Solved

Officials at Lake Tawakoni State Park said the massive web is a big tourist attraction for some, but others refuse to go anywhere near it. The Honeybee’s Final Sting. Jun 16, 2012.

The Honeybee’s Final Sting

Praying Mantis Attacks Hummingbird. "Hand and spider" by Adam Taylor. Monarch butterfly migration Mexico. <div class="greet_block wpgb_cornered"><div class="greet_text"><div class="greet_image"><a href=" rel="nofollow"><img src=" alt="WP Greet Box icon"/></a></div>Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to <a href=" rel="nofollow"><strong>subscribe to the RSS feed</strong></a> for updates on the Trans-Americas Journey.

<div style="clear:both"></div></div></div> As another season of epic annual monarch butterfly migration comes to an end here in Mexico, we started thinking about our accidental encounters with the fluttery masses last year. Goliath Bird Eating Spider. 35 Amazing and Colourful Photographs of Dragonflies. A quick trip into the back garden often throws up a slew of photographic opportunities. For people who are lucky enough to have a few dragonflies around, the colourful creatures are a great subject.

Enjoy this collection and don’t forget to check out our own tutorial on how to photograph dragonflies . Insect Covered in Dew. The Assassin Bug. With a name like the assassin bug, you can be sure this is one tough insect. As it turns out though, the assassin bug doesn’t just kill and eat its victims—it also wears their exoskeletons as part of its suit of armor. In a way, this Malaysian bug is probably the closest thing the insect world has to a deranged serial killer. Spider Checks Himself Out In The Mirror. COME AT ME BRO! Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru animal photography Tags: insect. Luna Moth. Nature photography - pictures of animals, pictures of birds, pictures of butterflies, macro photography of insects, plant photos, pictures of mushrooms. The most beautiful and unique images of nature.

Great photographers observe nature by Canon, Nikon cameras, equipped with the best lenses - see all species in our gallery and listen to the birds' and animals' voices. Mantis vs Snake. Bizarre "King of Wasps" Found in Indonesia. The two-inch-long (five-centimeter-long) black insects are shrouded in mystery—all of the wasp specimens caught so far have been dead.

"I'm not certain any researcher has ever seen one alive, but they are very bizarre-looking," said study co-author Lynn Kimsey , an entomologist at the University of California, Davis, who co-discovered the insect. Untitled photo by Lee Peiling. Amazing Fireflies Photos. Intricate Wing. Argentine Ants Use Chemical Warefare. Leafy Butterfly. Raining Spiders in Brazil. Concrete Poured Into Ant Colony Reveals Insect Megalopolis. Earliest Terrestrial Animal: Scorpion. Long exposure fireflies. Beauty by Igor Siwanowicz. Simple Eye in Invertebrates. Head of Polistes with two compound eyes and three ocelli A simple eye (sometimes called a pigment pit[1][2]) refers to a type of eye form or optical arrangement that contains a single lens. A "simple eye" is so called in distinction from a multi-lensed "compound eye", and is not necessarily at all simple in the usual sense of the word.

The eyes of humans and large animals, and camera lenses are classed as "simple" because in both cases a single lens collects and focuses light onto the retina or film. Many insects have compound eyes consisting of multiple lenses (up to tens of thousands), each focusing light onto a small number of retinula cells. Ants Eat Whole Gecko Eaten in a Matter of Hours.

Rosacea may be caused by mites. There are tiny bugs closely related to spiders living in the pores of your face. They have long been considered mere passengers, doing no harm beyond upsetting the squeamish. But they may be causing an ancient skin disease that is estimated to affect between 5 and 20 per cent of people worldwide, and 16 million in the US alone. People aged between 30 and 60, especially women, sometimes develop rosacea: red inflamed skin, with swelling, roughness and fine, visible blood vessels, usually in the central zone of the face. Oleander Hawk Moth. Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths, and it's really bad news. Spiders On Drugs‬‏ Ant Colors. The Stunning Glasswinged Butterfly. Sep 23, 2011 Photograph by SWAMIBU.