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Isabelle Vea
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#cicada   #okinawa   #japan   #iriomote   #macrophotography  

Found this small cicada in Okinawa. I wonder what species it is...
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Drosicha corpulenta is back!

For my first encounter with the giant scale insect last year see this post: https://plus.google.com/101335089852823765984/posts/CgJVKMgzxBp

After spending the whole summer and winter under the ground, the eggs laid last spring hatched in January and by February juveniles were slowly crawling out of the ground.

They are now feeding on the trunks of their favorite trees and while growing will slowly ascend to higher parts of the trees.

Here are two photos from this morning in Nagoya University campus. Second instar juveniles are crawling on the trees. We can even see the host tree trying to secrete some resin as a defense mechanism, but they are just too many!

#scaleinsects #Japan #spring #insects
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A case of aerial mustelid transport by a picid resulting from alleged attempted picidivory by a mustelid 
Unfortunately, the weasel was attacking the bird. Fortunately, the bird escaped.
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A poll of Americans revealed the youngest yearn for the jazz age of the 1920s http://econ.st/18tFFw1 #econarchive
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Wow incredible photo of emerging cicada! Good job +Kurt Orionmystery G!
 
A newly emerged cicada. Selangor, Malaysia.

Up close with the mini wildlife of Malaysia: http://orionmystery.blogspot.com 

#upclosewithnature   #orionmystery   #macroaddict   #macrophotography  
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My Darwin tree for scale insects! #sciart #madewithpaper  

From top to bottom
- male scale insect inclusion in amber
- Ortheziidae
- Monophlebidae
- Coccidae
- left Pseudococcidae
- right Diaspididae

NB: not phylogenetically accurate
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At your service, Your Majesty! Two workers and a drone(?), Polyrhachis sp., Selangor, Malaysia.

More tropical ants here: http://orionmystery.blogspot.com/2012/04/tropical-ants.html

#upclosewithnature   #orionmystery   #macrophotography   #macroaddict   #tropicalants  
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After a bit of wild weather and a bit of a holiday I'm back to finding bugs! This is a baby fungus-eating ladybug. These crazy kids are amazingly fast for something that is mostly fat grub! Here it is looking for food on a dead crepe myrtle flower.
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Trilobite beetles! 
Order: Coleoptera; Family: Lycidae
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In a quest to discover the mystery of sexual dimorphism in scale insects
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"Suivant Lampride, Martial & Pline l'ancien, le mot coccus signifioit la couleur rouge que nous appelons écarlatte, & la graine felon eux dont on tiroit cette couleur " Thiery de Menonville, 1787.

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New York City - Paris - Limoges - Chartres - Beijing
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why male and female scale insects look so different
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  • Nagoya University
    JSPS Postdoctoral fellow, 2013 - present
    Hormonal regulation in scale insect metamorphosis and sexual dimorphism
  • American Museum of Natural History
    Ph.D. student, 2009 - 2013
    Reconciling neontology and paleontology in scale insect systematics : http://goo.gl/Nj3bvg
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