|The Brown Recluse.|
Under the beautiful Hieroglyphic Moth we learn that “some of the family is preyed upon by bats. However, these members have developed an evasive system whereby upon hearing the high pitched note which is emitted by the bat to locate its prey, a tiny organ in the ear sends muscles in the wings into spasm - causing the moth to dart around erratically. This random movement has the effect of evading the incoming bat.”
|The Hieroglyphic Moth.|
The site is relatively user friendly. (After all, you don’t want too much complication when you’re trying to identify what you just found between your sheets.) To use the site first click on the order, e.g. spiders, beetles, butterflies, etc. You’ll find the different families on the next screen. If you know the name of the insect you’re looking for, a more efficient search option is to simply click on one of the indexes on the front page. This will supply you with a list of the insects in that order.
Most of the photographs on this site were taken by Bruce Marlin. Some of the entries include personal stories such as how he and his son tracked down a particular beetle or spider. Even picking entries randomly reveals that this website is a product of love. And this makes you wonder why nearly every page advertises Terminix®.
Submitted by David Ryan
Business, Science & Technology Department