Recent Insect Discoveries

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Newly found insect species are posing as dementors, making bush coconuts, and turning cartwheels over their counterparts. Read to learn about some new insect classifications. 

Dementors and Sticks

Last year in the Greater Mekong Region, scientists notably discovered two new species of insects: the Apulex dementor wasp and a stick insect more than 20 inches long.

The Apulex dementor is in fact, named after the “dementors” in the Harry Potter epic – mimicking the “soul-sucking” creatures in the way that they hunt. The Apulex stings their prey, paralyzing them before they devour their still-living bodies. For more info on this tantalizing critter, click here.

The Maker of the Bush Coconut

Next on the list Cystococcus campanidorsalis, which was discovered close to a populated Australian neighborhood. This insect feeds on certain plants, which triggers a growth known as the bush coconut. Campanidorsalis almost looks like a fly, but with a brown, elongated torso, more legs, and thicker antennae. Learn more here.

Evrani

Found in Turkey, and named after the university at which its discovering scientist is a professor, the Evrani insect looks something like a flea, but boasts a plump, dagger-like snout.

The Evrani snout resembles that of an elephant’s trunk – but not to scale of course. The Evrani uses its snout to drill holes in trees, where it places anywhere from 300-500 eggs. See the original article.

Leafhopper

Next: a man in New Jersey discovered a new species of leafhopper.

This leafhopper, also known as Flexamia whitcombi, survives solely from the sustenance of pine barren smokegrass, which is a threatened species according to the state of NJ.

This means that the newly discovered leafhopper may soon reach endangerment or extinction. For more on this matter, click here.

Others

According to Daily Mail, some other discoveries include wasps and stick insects, separate from the ones mentioned above, as well as a spider that does cartwheels. How crazy is that? The spider literally does flips to escape predators. For Daily Mail’s extensive list of newly found species, visit here.

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