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Category Archives: Notes from the Lab

Notes from the Lab: Asian Giant Hornet

  • May 14, 2020

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in the Big Brother house, you’ve probably heard about “murder hornets.” Vespa mandarinia, the Asian Giant... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Polly Molt Watch 2020!

  • May 7, 2020

In case you missed yesterday’s Online Bug Encounter, we have a very special update on everyone’s favorite Bug Ambassador! Polly, our... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

  • April 30, 2020

Microwhip Scorpions: Palpigradi There are only 79 species of this ancient arachnid order, and they look like slender vinegaroon nymphs. Like the... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

Vinegaroons: Thelyphonida Vinegaroons are often referred to as simply “whip scorpions” whereas the amblypigids (above) are referred to as “tailless whip scorpions.” They... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

Tailless Whip Scorpions: Amblypygi We’ve covered the tailless whip scorpion in a previous issue of Notes from the Lab, but they are arachnids, and... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

  • April 24, 2020

Hooded Tickspiders: Ricinulei Hooded tickspiders are neither ticks, nor spiders. Like mites, their lineage is an ongoing debate, with the most recent... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

Pseudoscorpions: Pseudoscorpiones Pseudoscorpions are another order of arachnids that largely go unnoticed, yet have colonized just about every environment. Chances are, you’ve... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

Mites: Subclass Acari Mites are the ultimate colonizers. Their miniscule size has allowed them to occupy a wide range of ecological... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

  • April 16, 2020

Horseshoe crabs: Xiphosura This one surprised even me. I knew crustaceans were arthropods but… arachnids? Well, therein lies the confusion. Horseshoe crabs... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

Solifugids: Solifugae  Like the harvestmen we covered last week, the solifugids (better known as camel spiders, wind scorpions, or sun spiders) are subject... Continue Reading