entomology

Flower Mantis
Mantis Mating & Reproduction

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
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!

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Top 5 Ant Stories

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

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Lifecycle of Ants

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!

Pacman Frog
A Frog’s Life

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.

monarch butterfly
Butterflies are in danger!

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.

Firefly resting on a leaf
Firefly Quick Facts

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.

Fireflies
Firefly Ecosystem Services

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.

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