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Gorongosa National Park

Last week, I returned from a field trip to Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. This trip included field work to collect millipedes in Gorongosa National Park and a two-week  workshop on arthropod macrophotography. Doratogonus sp. (Spirostreptida) from Chitengo Campsite, Gorongosa … Continue reading

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Gorongosa National Park (part 2)

Amphisbaenian worm lizard Dung roller beetle (family Scarabaeidae) Giant pill millipede (family Sphaerotheriidae) | Picture 2 Scorpion (genus Uroplectes?)—likely rather venomous judging by its fat tail and thin pincers (family Buthidae) Water measurer (family Hydrometridae) Armored Katydid nymphs (Enyaliopsis sp., … Continue reading

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In the field: Clinch Mountain, Virginia

Chaetaspis albus Bollman, 1887 from Clinch Mountain, Virginia Last Monday, we traveled to Mendota, Virginia to search for the millipede Rhysodesmus restans Hoffman, 1998. The species is one of two Appalachian representatives of the genus, and otherwise known from the … Continue reading

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Collecting millipedes in Vietnam

Post by PhD student Derek Hennen who is an expert in millipedes and natural history After a successful week of the 17th International Congress on Myriapodology in Krabi, our group headed on to Vietnam. Permits in hand, we landed in … Continue reading

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Collecting millipedes in Vietnam (part 2)

Temple complex in Tam Đảo National Park Our next stop took us higher into the mountains, and we found ourselves in Tam Đảo National Park. After a beautiful drive up, we found ourselves above the clouds and were eager to … Continue reading

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The Rush of Discovery

Post by PhD student Jackson Means who is an expert in the taxonomy of Nannaria Taxonomy, the naming and description of species, can be a tedious and exhausting undertaking. When one does taxonomy there are often long periods of intense … Continue reading

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Mediterranean recluse spider

Loxosceles rufescens (Dufour, 1820), the Mediterranean recluse spider Last month, I found this spider in Seitz Hall on the campus of Virginia Tech where we house the Virginia Tech Insect Collection. At first glance, I thought it was a Brown … Continue reading

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Cedar glade mimic millipede

Cedar glade mimic millipede This millipede is the species Brachoria cedra Keeton, 1959 from the The Cedars Natural Area Preserve in Lee County, Virginia. The Cedars Preserve is a wonderful limestone glade habitat, and it gets its name from the … Continue reading

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Checkered beetle

Enoclerus ichneumoneus (Fabricius, 1776)

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Weird beetle larva

Larva of the Net-winged beetle, Caenia dimidiata (Fabricius, 1801) This is the larva of Caenia dimidiata, a Net-winged beetle of the family Lycidae. The top image shows the dorsum (back) of the beetle, and the bottom is the venter (underside). … Continue reading

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