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Numismatic Entomology

While Aristotle was studying the living world, including insects, other Greeks of the ancient world were probably collecting coins of their ancestors. The study of insects and of coins are probably equally ancient. The direct link between the two seemingly unrelated fields is even more ancient. Among the very first true coins, little lumps of…

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Pallid-Winged Grasshopper Trimeritropis pallidipennis

A California camouflage specialist, this grasshopper can be very hard to spot against the tiny granite chips of a dry river bed.

http://www.insects.org/entophiles/orthoptera/orth_002.html
Short Horned Grasshopper

This young grasshopper lacks the fully developed wings of an adult. They have visible tympanic membranes for hearing located on the side of their abdomen.

http://www.insects.org/entophiles/orthoptera/orth_006.html
Young Short Horned Grasshopper

Long held as a symbol of thriving prosperity and even believed to be an aphrodisiac, katydids lay numerous eggs.

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Short-Horned Grasshopper (Melanoplus spp.)

Melanoplus is an extensive genus of Short Horned Grasshopper. Several species can become serious pests to grass crops.

http://www.insects.org/entophiles/orthoptera/orth_003.html
Spur-Throated Grasshopper

This Melanoplus grasshopper from the Owens Valley in California was baking in the early morning sun prior to a busy day of plant eating.

http://www.insects.org/entophiles/orthoptera/orth_001.html
Monkey Grasshopper

With few visible flowering plants in tropical rainforests, insect have been named the flowers of the jungle.

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Ecuadorian Walking Stick Mimic Proscopia spp.

Bearing a remarkable similarity to a walking stick, this Ecuadorian Grasshopper group possesses thickened hind femora and a very stylized head.

http://www.insects.org/entophiles/orthoptera/orth_009.html
Brazilian Short-Horned Grasshopper

As a ground dweller feeding on organic material on the forest floor, this Brazilian grasshopper come equipped with formidable spines lining the tibia of the powerful hind legs.

http://www.insects.org/entophiles/orthoptera/orth_005.html
Butterfly Etymology

by Matthew Rabuzzi Cupertino, CA. U.S.A. Here’s a little bagatelle (or, very imprecisely, a bugatelle!) of entomology etymology. I’ve long been fascinated by the large variety of distinct words for “butterfly” in various Indo-European languages. Here is my butterfly collection, which I hope will be of more than “e-vanessa-nt” interest. “Butterfly” in English Middle English…

http://www.insects.org/ced4/etymology.html