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This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and Photos by iLCP Fellow Krista Schlyer   On a late January afternoon the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge trails are quiet,…

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A chemical disguise secreted by this frog’s skin allows the amphibian to live peaceably among fierce, stinging ants. To protect itself and keep moist, the West African savanna frog spends its days—and much of the dry season—hiding in underground burrows. But it’s usually not alone. The frog often moves into the underground nests of the…

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By James Owen The only praying mantis native to New Zealand has developed a fatal attraction for a cannibal invader whose females devour its mates after sex, scientists report. Males of the New Zealand mantis (Orthodera novaezealandiae) are being seduced into serving themselves up as meals to females of the springbok mantis (Miomantis caffra), a…

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Scientists have discovered a new species of fungus beetle that dwells in a single cave in Arizona. Like Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, tiny Ptomaphagus parashant has evolved to cope with life in the darkness. The insect once had wings and eyes, but after spending millennia inside such tight quarters, its ancestors eventually began to lose…

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Scientists have discovered a new species of fungus beetle that dwells in a single cave in Arizona. Like Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, tiny Ptomaphagus parashant has evolved to cope with life in the darkness. The insect once had wings and eyes, but after spending millennia inside such tight quarters, its ancestors eventually began to lose…

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By Ker Than Tropical leafcutter ants don’t need to stop and ask for directions—they have internal magnetic compasses that help them navigate.  Now, scientists have figured out just how the insects get their “sixth sense,” which is also found in an increasing number of animals, including birds, bats, and rodents. (See “5 Amazing Animal Navigators.”)…

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By Ker Than Tropical leafcutter ants don’t need to stop and ask for directions—they have internal magnetic compasses that help them navigate.  Now, scientists have figured out just how the insects get their “sixth sense,” which is also found in an increasing number of animals, including birds, bats, and rodents. (See “5 Amazing Animal Navigators.”)…

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Chris Darling stuck out his tongue and licked the caterpillar. It was 1998, and as a professor at the University of Toronto, Canada, this wasn’t Darling’s first foray into entomophagy. But it was his maiden taste of the caterpillar, a Calindoea trifascialis. The academic’s tongue responded unfavorably to the foreign stimulus and immediately went numb. “You…

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Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the team. —–— Invertebrates are incredibly diverse, coming in all shapes, sizes and colours. The roles invertebrates play in their ecosystems are…

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Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the team. —–— Invertebrates are incredibly diverse, coming in all shapes, sizes and colours. The roles invertebrates play in their ecosystems are…

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Andrew Short is a National Geographic Grantee and assistant professor of
 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. An entomologist by training, Short is currently in Suriname, South America searching for aquatic insects to study patterns of freshwater biodiversity that will inform both science and conservation.  —– The first scientific expedition to Tafelberg took place exactly…

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David George Gordon, also known as “The Bug Chef,” has shared his love for cooking insects through demonstrations in thirty-two states and four foreign countries. The Seattle-based chef and naturalist is the author of nineteen books, including 1998’s The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook. The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook has just been revised and re-released by Ten Speed Press. Around…

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David George Gordon, also known as “The Bug Chef,” has shared his love for cooking insects through demonstrations in thirty-two states and four foreign countries. The Seattle-based chef and naturalist is the author of nineteen books, including 1998’s The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook. The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook has just been revised and re-released by Ten Speed Press. Around…

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