116/150: The questionable habits of the Question Mark Butterfly

Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Nymphalinae: Polygonia: Polygonia interrogationis (Fabricius 1798)

When thinking of territorial animals, the first ones that come to mind likely aren’t butterflies. The adult males of the question mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis) will defend their territory on trees they have perched on. Continue reading “116/150: The questionable habits of the Question Mark Butterfly”

97/150: An Ant Found Only In Canada

Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae: Myrmica: Myrmica quebecensis (Francoeur 1981)

The ant species Myrmica quebecensis is a species endemic to Canada with an interesting biology. Rather than sustaining their own colonies, these ants are social parasites that rely on the colonies of another ant species to survive. Continue reading “97/150: An Ant Found Only In Canada”

61/150: Some caterpillars love to eat insects!

animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Miletinae: Feniseca: Feniseca tarquinius (Fabricius, 1793)

When thinking of a typical caterpillar, you may picture one happily munching away on leaves. Not all caterpillars, however, feed on plants. The caterpillars of the harvester butterfly (Feniseca tarquinius) are actually insectivorous, meaning they feed on insects. Continue reading “61/150: Some caterpillars love to eat insects!”

16/150: What’s your mating strategy?

Animalia: Arthropoda: Collembola: Symphypleona: Sminthuridae: Allacma: Allacma fusca (Linnaeus, 1758)

Allacma fusca is a species of globular springtail (Collembola) originally found in western continental Europe and the British Isles. Most globular springtails have a unique and rather strange mating ritual compared to their plump springtail and slender springtail relatives. Continue reading “16/150: What’s your mating strategy?”