Platerodrilus(Previously Duliticola) is a genus within Lycidae that are commonly referred to as Trilobite Beetles. The common name is derived from the appearance of the females (above), which remain in the larval form during adulthood, a process known as neoteny.
Trilobite beetles are usually found on the surface of rotting logs in lowland primary forest, where their diet is thought to consist of fungi, rotting plant matter and slime moulds. For such an interesting genus, very little is known about their life cycles and there has been minimal taxonomic work regarding the males of the species, which are illusive.
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- Tioman Island, Malaysia.
…a species of “digger bee” (Anthophorini) which occurs throughout most of Europe, the Near East, and North Africa. It has also been introduced into the United States. Adult A. plumipes can be seen in flight from March to June and are noted pollinators of Primula spp., Pulmonaria spp. Borago spp., Lamium spp. and Corydalis spp. Hairy-footed flower bees are a solitary species and will not build colonies, instead females will make nests in clay slopes and walls of mud.
accidentally woke this tired wasp up while gardening. as someone who hates getting up in the morning i could really empathize and quickly put her back under a bunch of leaves. (after taking some pictures, my empathy has to compete with my curiosity)
…also sometimes known as the Four-spotted Skimmer, the four-spotted chaser is a species of Libellulid dragonfly that is known to occur throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Four-spotted chasers are typically associated with ponds, vernal pools, and slow flowing rivers. Adults are typically seen on the wing in June and July and are active predators taking a wide range of insects in flight.