The Gwynne’s Mining Bee (Andrena bicolor) is an insect in the Andrenidae family of mining bees.
The Gwynne’s Mining Bee has a dark head, reddish-brown hairs on its thorax, and indistinct bands of yellowish hairs on its abdomen. It has translucent wings. It has small black antennae and six black legs.
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The African Black Beetle (Heteronychus arator) is an insect in the Scarabaeidae family of rhinoceros beetles. It is also known as the African Lawn Beetle.
The African Black Beetle has a shiny, black oval-shaped body with six legs. It has black wing casings called elytra.
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The Kenyan Stingless Honey Bee (Meliponula ferruginea) is an insect in the Apidae family of honey bees.
The Kenyan Stingless Honey Bee is small. It has a brown head, thorax (chest), and abdomen. It has six legs. It does have a stinger on its tail, but it is so small that it is not noticeable, and it does not sting in defence. Its wings are transparent. It has large eyes.
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The Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci) is a very small insect in the Dermestidae family of carpet beetles.
The Varied Carpet Beetle has a rounded body and six legs. Its wing cases (elytra) are covered in fine scales with an irregular pattern of white, brown and yellowish colours in three wavy bands. It has short, clubbed 11-segmented antennae.
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The Globe Skimmer Dragonfly (Pantala flavescens) is an insect in the Libellulidae family of dragonflies. It is also known as the Globe Wanderer or the Wandering Glider.
The Globe Skimmer has a long, cylindrical body, two pairs of translucent wings, and a head with large eyes. The adult male has a reddish-yellow abdomen and the female has a yellow abdomen. It has a yellowish head. Its legs are black.
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The Pygmy Damselfly (Nehalennia speciosa) is an insect in the Coenagrionidae family of dragonflies and damselflies. It is also called the Sedgling Damselfly.
The Pygmy Damselfly is a small species with a long, thin, cylindrical beige to cream body with a light-blue head and a light-blue bulbous tail. Its wings are long and translucent.
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The Seven-Spot Ladybird Beetle (Coccinella septempunctata) is a small insect in the Coccinellidae family of ladybird beetles and ladybugs. It is a coccinellid beetle. It is also known as the Seven-Spotted Lady Beetle, the Seven-Spotted Ladybug, or the Seven-Spot Ladybug Beetle.
The Seven-Spot Ladybird Beetle has red elytra (two wing cases) with three black spots each and another black spot on the junction of the wing cases (to total 7 spots). Its body is oval-shaped and slightly domed. Its wings are hidden underneath the wing cases. It has black compound eyes. Its antennae are light-brown, quite long, and slightly thickened at the ends. Its neck shield has white spots and usually covers its head. It has little reddish-brown legs.
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The European Mosquito (Anopheles atroparvus) is a small insect in the Culicidae family of mosquitoes.
The European Mosquito has a long, thin, dark body with six long, thin legs. It has bushy antennae and compound eyes. It has a dark-coloured proboscis (long nose) for sucking liquid.
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Insects play dead to avoid being eaten. Playing dead might help prey animals stay alive.
Nigel R. Franks at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, and his colleagues, were conducting a study on beetle-like larvae (grubs) of the flying Antlions (Euroleon nostras). When they dropped the 12-millimetre-long larvae onto a tray to weigh them, the insects froze.
Franks and his colleagues observed the behaviour repeatedly, noting that the insects would stay immobile for a few seconds to more than an hour.
The researchers thought that this behavioiur was a survival mechanism, imitating the times when birds accidentally dropped the Antlions after grabbing them out of their sandpits.
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The Fruit Fly (Drosophila melanogaster) is a small insect in the Drosophilidae family of flies. It is also known as the Vinegar Fly.
The Fruit Fly is yellow-brown with red eyes and black rings on its abdomen. The male has a black patch on its abdomen.
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The Great Mormon Butterfly (Papilio Memnon agenor) is a large insect in the Papilionidae family of swallowtail butterflies.
The Great Mormon Butterfly male has blue-black upperparts. The female has brownish upperparts, streaked with greyish white. She has red patches on her wings near her body. Both the male and female do not have a tail, even though it is a swallowtail. Its body is black with medium-sized black antennae.
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What is a group of hornets called?
A group of hornets is called a nest of hornets or a bike of hornets.
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What is arachnophobia?
An arachnid is a creature with eight legs, such as a spider, scorpion, tick, or mite.
An intense fear of spiders or scorpions is called arachnophobia.
Arachnophobia is common in people. A reader commented that he thought spiders were “very creepy” which is a natural feeling.
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Lady’s Maid Butterfly (Vanessula milca latifasciata) is a small insect in the Nymphalidae family of brush-foooted butterflies. It is also called the Black and Orange Butterfly.
The Lady’s Maid Butterfly is bright orange around a central disc. Its wings are bordered with a brown margin.
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What is a group of ants called?
A group of ants is called an army of ants or a nest of ants.
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The Flat Badge Huntsman Spider (Neosparassus patellatus) is a large arachnid in the Sparassidae family of badge huntsman spiders. Sparassids are eight-eyed spiders.
The Flat Badge Huntsman Spider has a grey, thick, flat body with smooth furry hair. The female is lighter, often orange to pinkish brown. It has a distinctive shield, called a badge, with white spots on its underbelly. Its abdomen, called a carapace, is oval with a square front near its eyes. On its abdomen, it has a series of black dots. It has eight long legs. The first two pairs of legs are longer than the other legs.
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The Australian Wolf Spider (Hoggicosa castanea) is an arachnid in the Lycosidae family of wolf spiders. It is a wandering species of spider.
The Australian Wolf Spider is brown and camouflaged in its srroundings. It has eight eyes arranged in three rows. Two of its eyes are large and prominent. Unlike most spiders, it has excellent eyesight.
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The White Ermine Moth (Spilosoma lubricipeda) is an insect in the Erebidae family of moths.
The White Ermine Moth has milky-white wings with black dots. Its hind (back) wings have one or several black dots. It has long, black antennae.
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The Southern Grey Huntsman Spider (Isopedella cerussata) is an arachnid in the Sparassidae family of common huntsman spiders. Sparassids are eight-eyed spiders.
The Southern Grey Huntsman Spider is grey with smooth furry hair. It has eight long, thin legs. It often has a faint leaf-shape on its abdomen, bordered by faint white spots.
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The Green Tortoise Beetle (Cassida viridis) is an insect in the Chrysomelidae family of leaf beetles.
The Green Tortoise Beetle has a flat, oval-shaped body. Its thorax (chest) and elytra (wing cases) are green. It has short legs and short, brown antennae. Its underbelly is black.
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