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Exhibit with mounted insects, frogs, and a bunch of polished, pyritized ammonite shells.

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(vía https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkFnLj4Nkz4)


THIS IS THE CUTEST VIDEO ABOUT BEES AND THEIR STING AND IT LITERALLY JUST CURED ME FROM MY FEAR OF BEES.

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Timelapse view of hornets constructing a nest. At one point during a camping trip when I was young one of my fellow hikers stepped on one of these. It did not go well for the humans.

A Bug’s Life with Adrian Kozakiewicz

To see more of Adrian’s adventures and collection, follow @insecthaus_adi on Instagram.

For many people, the idea of a giant bug perched on their nose is the stuff of nightmares. But for Adrian Kozakiewicz (@insecthaus_adi), it’s a dream come true. “I want people to pay attention to the beauty of insects – their colors, shapes, the way they behave. These are amazing animals!” Born in Poland, Adrian moved to Germany when he was 12 and discovered tropical insects in a pet store. Now 20 years old, Adrian travels to the rainforests and jungles of southeast Asia multiple times a year on insect hunting expeditions. He has more than 70 species in his collection, making him one of the largest insect breeders in Europe. “My favorite is a very big and very rare mantis species from Malaysia called Toxodera beieri,” or the Dragon Mantis, says Adrian, who specializes in praying mantises. “She’s the queen of all the mantis species.” As for those nightmares? Adrian understands. “Most of my species are very large and look like aliens,” he says. “It’s natural for people to be afraid of animals they don’t know.”

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Pangolin going after insects on a tree

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This bee is licking sugar from a q-tip as part of a “proboscis extension reflex” assay.  This experiment, at a lab in Penn State University, is used to test the memory and learning ability of bees.  Researchers expose the restrained bee to a smell and then offer it a sugar reward.   Then after a pause, they expose the bee to the same smell and see if it sticks out its tongue (also called proboscis) in anticipation of the reward.  If it does, then you know is has learned to associate the smell with food. 

Researchers have used this test to show that very small amounts of pesticides and even “inactive" agricultural spray additives are harming bees’ ability to remember where their food is.

This bee was photographed for a story on honeybees in the May issue of National Geographic.

- Anand Varma (@anandavarma), National Geographic photographer

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20 milllion year old fossil insect bearing amber from Colombia

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An Asian millipede at the @stlzoo. This millipede has several hundred tiny legs and grows up to 30 cm long. The majority of animals in existence are invertebrates like this one, meaning they have no spine. In fact, it’s estimated that 97-99% of animals on the planet are invertebrates.
To see an up close image of this millipede, check out @joelsartore!

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Spider defeating snake. Somehow I think we all can figure out what continent this must be from.

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Reminder that Dorothea is in fact the cutest, gentlest animal in the world, sorry to all other animals, I don’t make the rules

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A short video of some of my isopods, zebra pillbugs (Armadillidium maculatum)! ChuChu picked the music.