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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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New tarantula species

A new species of therophosid tarantula: Aphonopelma mareki This week a tarantula from the desert southwest was named after me. The species was named by my colleagues Chris Hamilton, Brent Hendrixson, and Jason Bond in the journal ZooKeys (doi: 10.3897/zookeys.560.6264). … Continue reading

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The poisonous web of a bioluminescent fly

The toxic web of Orfelia fultoni (Diptera, Keroplatidae) While on a collecting trip to the Pisgah Mountains of North Carolina, we found the fly Orfelia fultoni. These luminous fly larvae dotted the mossy bank of a spring and emitted a … Continue reading

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Collecting millipedes on Brush Mountain

(left to right) Paul Marek, Jackson Means, Katy Lawler, Nina Zegler and Elizabeth Francis On Friday, we collected millipedes on Brush Mountain near Blacksburg, Virginia. We found the genera Narceus, Pseudopolydesmus, Apheloria, Rudiloria, and Nannaria. Other fascinating discoveries included several … Continue reading

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Collecting in the Blue Ridge

The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina Elizabeth, Jackson and I just returned from a three-day collecting expedition to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. It was an exhilarating three days and two nights, with little sleep … Continue reading

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