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Zach Griebenow
Researcher of the obscure, and hopefully discoverer of the unkown
Researcher of the obscure, and hopefully discoverer of the unkown
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Announcing the Iberobaeniidae
Holotype of Urtea graeca , mustachioed with silly maxillary palporgans (Paulus, 2004) Undoubtedly, Europe is one of the regions most thoroughly picked-over by descriptive taxonomists, particularly in the case of an insect group as comparatively popular with...

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A Flagrant Exercise in Laziness Concerning Chalcidoids
After several years of deferrals, I finally got around this May to penning a post for the Ohio State University's Triplehorn Insect Collection. I'll take this opportunity to shamelessly self-plagiarize. I have always been fascinated by insects, but it was n...

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Yet More Haidomyrmecine Strangeness
Recently, I ran across the artwork shown b elow , depicting an ant (Formicidae) by the name of Ceratomyrmex ellenbergi ; according to the author, the creature is known in fossil form from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Since I found the supposed reconstructi...

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News of a Trigonalid
A pot of Eumenes sp., collected by Troy Bartlett in Duluth, GA And now, to dem onst rate that I am not (yet) deceased, a post. Back on April 30th, I found an adjoining pair of potter wasp nests (likely belonging to Eumenes sp.)
while on a collecting trip t...

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Recently collected a member of this small, odd family of parasitoids.

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Armadillo Ants "Gots Cousins", Drepanicine Mantidflies Get a Range Extension, & Umenocoleidae Troll Paleontologists Yet Again: a Few Minor Addenda
A worker of Ankylomyrma coronacantha (Agroecomyrmecinae), imaged by April Nobile Science is by definition in a state of constant revision: and organismal systematics —the subset of which I am fondest , and therefore upon which this blog concentrates— is no ...

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A Frivolous Look at the Ohmu
Skeletal reconstruction of Godzilla as an oversized neoceratosaurian* (Carpenter, 1998) For nerds with a zoobiological cast, there are few things more fun than speculative biology: the creation of fictitious life-forms upon extrapolation from what is known ...

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Scorpionflies Like Roaches & Earwigs
Male Panorpa nuptialis (Panorpidae) photographed by Gayle and Jeanell Strickland The order Mecoptera is a small one (~600 spp.), with its most speciose family (Panorpidae) often lending their vernacular name (scorpionfly; this refers to male panorpids' acul...

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A Rant on the Moral State of Humanity
I generally do not deign to write concerning the foibles of my own species —thanks to the omnipresent work of the Internet at exposing and disseminating the most asinine, mean-spirited, and downright hideous behaviors in which we humans engage, our (purport...
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