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Smithsonian Science News –Meet the (flea) beetles! New species

By John Barrat | September 3, 2015 Nausea, vomiting and weakness are but a few of the symptoms one might anticipate after eating leaves from the Taiwanese shrub Erycibe henryi. This wild plant produces powerful toxins as a self-defense against herbaceous insects and other creatures that might otherwise feast upon its leaves. Yet one tiny flea beetle has outwitted this poisonous shrub. Meet Burumoseria yuae; it lives and feeds exclusively on E. henryi, gnawing large holes in its toxic leaves. The …

Big or small, cats find themselves in the line of fire | The National

… endangered species. Some say it’s a matter of the survival of the fittest, but it is mainly humans killing other species just because we have the means to do so. The list ranges from the beautiful Amur leopard (fewer than 40 left) to Javan rhinos (about 60 left) to different types of lemur, elephants, gorillas, pandas, polar bears, wolves, foxes, sheep, whales, dolphins and turtles to all kinds of birds, fish, insects and plants. There is even an animal so rare – the saola, which resembles …

Fossil Confirms Tropical Climate in North America

… anything from snakes and other lizards to fish, insects, and even plants. However, it also had wide cheekbones, so it is possible that it ate larger animals as well. The basilisk family, which also includes chameleons and iguanas, is among the least studied representatives of the reptile world because there are not many fossils that scientists can study. Today these lizards live across North America, in Central America and as far down south as Ecuador. They are collectively called casquehead …

Class Field Trip Finds New Pillbug Species in L.A. : Discovery News

… aren’t actually insects — but crustaceans adapted for land. Pentcheff handed off their pillbug to experts at NHM for an identification. That’s when they learned the class had found a new species altogether. It was named Exosphaeroma pentcheffi — after the instructor who, with his class, found the new pillbug. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: Class Field Trip Finds New Pillbug Species in L.A. : Discovery News …

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