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Dung Beetle

Beetle (order Coleoptera) is the most diverse animal order, containing about 176 families worldwide, with closest rivals being Hymenoptera (132 families) and Lepidoptera (126 families). Let’s learn about some of the most notable beetle families.

June 16, 2017 Read more
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There are more than 400,000 species of beetle worldwide, and scientists keep discovering new species. In fact, there are more species of beetles (order Coleoptera) than species of other animal groups! The closest rival would be butterflies and moths (order Lepidoptera), but they are just over 120,000 species.

June 13, 2017 Read more
Flower Mantis

Sexual cannibalism is common among praying mantises. The female will bite off and chew on the male’s head just after, or even during, mating. This behaviour will not stop males from pumping sperm, because the copulatory movement is controlled in the abdomen, not the head.

May 21, 2017 Read more
The Praying Mantis

The praying mantis is named for its prominent forelegs that are always bent and held together as the position of prayer. It is often mistakenly named ‘preying’ mantis, although this is also quite true! They are formidable predators of other insects, and even small animals such as lizards and hummingbirds!

May 7, 2017 Read more
Ants and Aphids by ©-Stuart-Williams-(CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Humans admire the ants’ diligence and sense of unity. These little crawlies have inspired us in many ways, and stories were written about them.

April 21, 2017 Read more
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Like the butterfly, every ant goes through 4 stages in its life: egg, larva, pupa and adult. However, did you know that an ant colony has its own life cycle as well? Let’s explore more!

April 14, 2017 Read more
Pacman Frog

The word ‘amphibian’ means ‘double life’. It describes an animal that spends part of its time on land, and part of it in water. It can breathe through its skin.

March 3, 2017 Read more
Occupy Beach Street

The weekend is here once again, and it’s time for the loud and happening Occupy Beach Street which takes place in the heart of Georgetown. Entopia was there to promote our Nature Education Programmes and our Friends of Entopia membership which provides unlimited entry for an entire year.

February 26, 2017 Read more
monarch butterfly

The key driver of butterfly extinction is the loss of habitat. Human clear lands for agriculture, logging, mining, roads, and urban development. As a result, the food plants for caterpillars and adults are removed. Conditions that support the ecosystem change, making the land unsuitable for butterflies.

February 16, 2017 Read more
Firefly resting on a leaf

Despite its name, fireflies are not flies at all! Instead, they have hardened forewings called elytra, and belong to the most abundant order of insects, Coleoptera, or the beetles.

December 3, 2016 Read more
Fireflies

Fireflies are beneficial insects that you want around! The larvae of most species are specialised predators that feed on soft-bodied invertebrates like snails, slugs, and mites.

November 15, 2016 Read more
Summer hits Tenby International School Penang again this year on the 16 July 2016 and Entopia's Bug Rover was there to bring nature closer to community.
July 27, 2016 Read more
Entopia Pressroom

The Penang Butterfly Farm, the tropical world’s 1st butterfly and insect sanctuary, was founded by David Goh in 1986, once a young teacher and self taught entomologist. Now, David Goh is the Chairman of Butterfly House (Pg) Sdn Bhd, the company that manages Entopia.

April 27, 2016 | 2 Read more
Banded Swallowtail Caterpillar

Besides being well known as pollinators, butterflies are also food sources for other animals, such as birds, small lizards and frogs. In order to avoid becoming a predator’s delicious meal, butterflies have to develop several strategies to fight back.

February 27, 2016 Read more

Intrinsic value Butterflies and moths are the second most abundant species of insects in the world, after the beetles. Butterflies exist on all continents except Antarctica. Butterflies have a long natural history on Earth. Scientists…

February 5, 2016 Read more