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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The 3 day Mums & Kids Fair at Gurney Paragon is finally over. This is the second time we Entopians participated in this event. The event was able to draw the attention of many parents…
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.
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.
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…