48/150: Talk about using your nose!

Animalia: Chordata: Mammalia: Eulipotyphla: Talpidae: Scalopinae: Condylura cristata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Moles belong to the family Talpidae which are known for their burrowing behaviours. The star-nosed mole is interestingly distinguishable from all other moles due to a ring of tentacle-like organs surrounding the snout. These fleshy appendages form the star-shaped Eimer’s organs. Continue reading “48/150: Talk about using your nose!”

18/150: A fungus beetle known for using its head

Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Bolitotherus: Bolitotherus cornutus (Panzer, 1794)

Male Bolitotherus cornutus, commonly known as the Forked Fungus beetle, have fork-like horns in which they use to compete for mates. Those with bigger horns have better success at prying rivals off of their prized females. Continue reading “18/150: A fungus beetle known for using its head”

1/150: These Fireflies are Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera: Lampyridae: Photuris quadrifulgens (Barber, 1951)

Photuris quadrifulgens is a species in the beetle family Lampyridae, commonly known as the fireflies. This species belongs to the femme fatale lightning bugs that produce light flashes from lantern organs on their abdomen. Continue reading “1/150: These Fireflies are Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing”