Common Brimstone Butterfly

The Common Brimstone Butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni) is a medium-sized insect in the Pieridae family – white, yellow, and orange butterflies.

The male and female Common Brimstone Butterfly look different. The male has yellow wings with iridescence. The female has greenish-white wings with no iridescence. It has one small orange-brown spot on each of its four wings. Its body is dark-brown. It has medium-sized antennae.

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Caucasian Shield Bug

The Caucasian Shield Bug (Apodiphus amygdali) is an insect in the Pentatomidae family, subfamily Pentatominae. It is also known as the Stink Bug because it has an unpleasant smell when it is squashed.

The Caucasian Shield Bug is blackish-brown with a trapezoidal shape (the shape of a shield). The shield is called a scutellum. The shield has yellowish speckled markings. Its antennae have five segments (Pentatominae means ‘five segments’). Its greyish-black legs, called tarsi, have three segments. It has forewings (front wings) called hemelytra, and it also has hindwings (back wings). It has a sucking mouthpart.

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Cambodian Short-Horned Grasshopper

The Cambodian Short-Horned Grasshopper (family Acrididae) is an insect.

The Cambodian Short-Horned Grasshopper is bright green on its upperparts and yellow-green on its underbelly. It has a black line from its eye, running along the length of its body. It has a pair of wings and short antennae. Its back legs are enlarged, which enable it to jump long distances. Its legs have three segments.

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Drone Fly

The Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) is a common and widespread insect. It is the mostly widely distributed syrphid species in the world. A syrphid is the family of hoverflies and it is also known as the Hoverfly.

It is a bee mimic – because it looks like a bee, such as a Honeybee.

The Drone Fly is bee-like with yellow and orange or reddish markings. It has six legs, a pair of wings, and large brown-haired eyes.

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Grecian Shoemaker Butterfly

The Grecian Shoemaker Butterfly (Catonephele numilia) is a small insect in the Nymphalidae family of butterflies. It is also known as the Blue-Frosted Banner or the Stoplight Catone.

The male Grecian Shoemaker Butterfly is black with six orange dots on its wings. The female looks very different. She is blue-black with a light-yellow band across the centre of her forewings (front wings).

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Peruvian 88 Butterfly

The Peruvian 88 Butterfly (Diaethria clymena peruviana) is a small insect in the Callicore tribe of the Nymphalidae family.

The Peruvian 88 Butterfly is black on its upperside with a diagonal band of metallic blue or green. The underside of its forewings (front wings) is white, black and reddish-orange-brown, and the underside of its hindwings (back wings) is black and white with a pattern that looks like the number 88.

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Sunburst Diving Beetle

The Sunburst Diving Beetle (Thermonectus marmoratus) is a small, soft-bodied, aquatic, freshwater insect. It is also known as the Spotted Diving Beetle.

The Sunburst Diving Beetle is black with bright yellow spots. The bright spots act as a defence mechanism to warn away predators. It has a black shell, called a carapace. It has wings that are protected by the carapace. The male has a suction cap on each foreleg (front leg).

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Tailed Sulphur Butterfly

The Tailed Sulphur Butterfly (Dercas verhuelli) is a small-to-medium sized insect in the Pieridae family of yellow and white butterflies.

The Tailed Sulphur Butterfly has yellow wings tipped in the top corner with a brown-black patch. From the black patch is a faint streak of orange-brown, with an orange-brown blotch on the forewings (front wings). Its body is yellowish with short antennae. Its hindwings (back wings) look as if they have been cut short with scissors.

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What is the difference between the Great Capricorn Beetle and the Rhesus Capricorn Beetle?

What is the difference between the Great Capricorn Beetle (Cerambyx cerdo) and the Rhesus Capricorn Beetle (Dorcadion carinatum)?

The Great Capricorn Beetle and the Rhesus Capricorn Beetle are both insects in the Cerambyx family of longhorn beetles.

The Great Capricorn Beetle and the Rhesus Capricorn Beetle both have hard, protective wing cases, called elytra, that are reddish-brown at the tips.

The Great Capricorn Beetle is thinner than the Rhesus Capricorn Beetle.

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Madagascar Diadem Butterfly

The Madagascar Diadem (Hypolimnas dexithea) is a butterfly in the brush-footed family of butterflies. It is also known as the Madagascar Eggfly.

The Madagascar Diadem has black, white, and orange wings. Its forewings (front wings) are black with a white band and white spots. Its hindwings (back wings) are white with a band of orange. Its wings are laced with black and white edges. Its body is black.

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Praying Mantis ears

What is unusual about the ears of the Praying Mantis?

Animals have two ears. The Praying Mantis is an insect and most insects have two ears.

But the Praying Mantis is the only animal in the world with a single ear.

Its one ear is located in a fold on the underside of its thorax.