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"Why do ants and other social insects have elbowed antennae?" from Alex Wild's blog "Myrmecos" - the picture is cool but the comments to the blog entry are much more interesting!

"Why do ants and other social insects have elbowed antennae?" from Alex Wild's blog "Myrmecos" - the picture is cool but the comments to the blog entry are much more interesting!

A Leptomyrmex spider ant, by Ted McRae (Beetles in the Bush)

A Leptomyrmex spider ant, by Ted McRae (Beetles in the Bush)

A looper caterpillar ( as far as I know a moth larva), is emerging from the newly hatched egg. The egg is 0.65mm in diameter.

A looper caterpillar ( as far as I know a moth larva), is emerging from the newly hatched egg. The egg is 0.65mm in diameter.

Photographer Ireneusz Irass Waledzik - collection of fascinating facet eyes of dragonflies, bees and flies.

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Photographer Ireneusz Irass Waledzik - collection of fascinating facet eyes of dragonflies, bees and flies.

Ribbed Pine Borer (Rhagium inquisitor) with hitchhiking Pseudoscorpion (Chelifer cancroides)  Pseudoscorpions can't fly, they move fairly slowly and they have bad vision. However, some of them have found an ingenious way of maintaining a decent range: they simply clamp on to the legs of flying insects and hitch a ride!

Ribbed Pine Borer (Rhagium inquisitor) with hitchhiking Pseudoscorpion (Chelifer cancroides) Pseudoscorpions can't fly, they move fairly slowly and they have bad vision. However, some of them have found an ingenious way of maintaining a decent range: they simply clamp on to the legs of flying insects and hitch a ride!

These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes

Have you twigged what it is yet? Praying mantises blend in with plants in variety of poses

These weird and wonderful insects have been caught in a unique set of poses as they form bizarre shapes

Devils Flower Mantis . An Idolomantis diabolica mantis can get stressed by being handled and by being disturbed by people or pets close to its enclosure. When not disturbed this species is very quiet and will generally not move. It will grab prey insects quickly when they come close by, but they generally will not move to stalk them. They are a true sit-and-wait predator.

Devils Flower Mantis . An Idolomantis diabolica mantis can get stressed by being handled and by being disturbed by people or pets close to its enclosure. When not disturbed this species is very quiet and will generally not move. It will grab prey insects quickly when they come close by, but they generally will not move to stalk them. They are a true sit-and-wait predator.

Known as the Picasso Bug or Zulu Hud Bug in Tansania.  It’s a member of the genus of Shield-backed Bugs (Scutelleridae).

Known as the Picasso Bug or Zulu Hud Bug in Tansania. It’s a member of the genus of Shield-backed Bugs (Scutelleridae).

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