Spiders are Arachnids. Arachnids have eight legs and are divided into 2 body parts. Arachnids include Spiders, Scorpians, Ticks, Mites, Camel Spiders, and Daddy Long-legs. Unlike Insects, Arachnids have never developed flight.
Insects have six legs, antennae, and are segmented into 3 body parts. They are the most diverse animal group living on the planet today with over 1 million described species. Insects make up perhaps 90% of all animals that have ever lived! Mar 28
No, this isn't a make-believe place. It's real. They call it "Ball's Pyramid." It's what's left of an old volcano that emerged from the sea about 7 million years ago. A British naval officer named Ball was the first European to see it in 1788. It sits off Australia, in the South Pacific.
Three-dimensional imaging of living chrysalises shows how butterflies develop. 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
Clap if you believe: Tinkerbella nana fairyfly. Photograph: Dr John T Huber The family Mymaridae includes more than 1,400 species of diminutive insects called fairyflies. They are not flies at all, but tiny wasps that deposit their eggs inside the eggs of other insects. Most of these parasitoids are found in tropical latitudes and the southern hemisphere, where they attack unborn offspring of true bugs, beetles, flies, barkflies and dragonflies. The family includes the smallest of all known insects , Dicopomorpha echmepterygis, from Central America, whose males are a mere 139μm That is smaller than quite a few single-celled protists.
Dutch Design Week 2013: Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees ( + slideshow). 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.
Honey bees trained to detect cancer
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. 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.
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 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). They have their 8 legs but, just like our very own Camel Spider, they only use 6 of them to walk.
Camel spiders became an Internet sensation during the Iraq war of 2003, when rumors of their bloodthirsty nature began to circulate online. Many tales were accompanied with photos purporting to show spiders half the size of a human. For many years, Middle Eastern rumors have painted camel spiders as large, venomous predators, as fast as a running human, with a voracious appetite for large mammals. The myths are untrue.
Egyptian Giant Solpugids (Camel Spider)
20 Lovely Macro Photographs By Magdalena Wasiczek
Mantodea (or mantises) is an order of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species in 15 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. 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] Mantises have two grasping, spiked forelegs (“raptorial legs”) in which prey items are caught and held securely.
The Incredible Praying Mantis
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. 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. "At first, it was so white it looked like fairyland," said Donna Garde, superintendent of the park about 45 miles east of Dallas. "Now it's filled with so many mosquitoes that it's turned a little brown.
The Honeybee’s Final Sting
Jun 16, 2012 If you’ve ever wondered why honeybees tend to die after stinging someone this picture says it all. In an incredible capture by Kathy Keatley Garvey, a UC Davis Communications Specialist in the Department of Enomology, we see a bee stinging a person’s arm and then attempting to fly away as the stinger remains lodged in the victim. That trail of goo you see? It’s actually the bee’s abdominal tissue. The remarkable capture netted Garvey the first-place gold feature photo award in an Association for Communication Excellence competition.
Praying Mantis Attacks Hummingbird
"Hand and spider" by Adam Taylor
<div class="greet_block wpgb_cornered"><div class="greet_text"><div class="greet_image"><a href="http://trans-americas.com/wordpress/feed/rss/" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://trans-americas.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/wp-greet-box/images/rss_icon.png" alt="WP Greet Box icon"/></a></div>Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/Trans-AmericasJourney/posts/defaultmax-results8" 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.
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Goliath Bird Eating Spider
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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 . Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. by Krikit ♥ , on Flickr I Love Rain (Explored #15, Front-Page) by Yogendra174 , on Flickr
Insect Covered in Dew
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. After it’s made a kill, the assassin bug—which calls Malaysia home—injects its victim with a special enzyme that dissolves and softens its guts so they can be easily sucked out. And once all that’s left is the insect’s empty shell, the assassin bug attaches those exoskeletons to its back using a sticky secretion, piling them high to create a thick layer of protective armor that also serves to confuse its enemies.
The Assassin Bug
Spider Checks Himself Out In The Mirror
COME AT ME BRO!
Mantis vs Snake
Bizarre "King of Wasps" Found in Indonesia
Untitled photo by Lee Peiling
Amazing Fireflies Photos
Argentine Ants Use Chemical Warefare
Misunderstood Spider meme
Earliest Terrestrial Animal: Scorpion
Beauty by Igor Siwanowicz
Simple Eye in Invertebrates
Ants Eat Whole Gecko Eaten in a Matter of Hours
Rosacea may be caused by mites
Oleander Hawk Moth
Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths, and it's really bad news
Spiders On Drugs