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  • Visit from Guatemala

    Posted 12/02/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    From 30 November to 4 December, Enio Cano from Guatemala visited DMNS. He is curator of the arthropod collection of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and an expert of bess beetles (Passalidae) and Rutelinae. We invited him with a stipend from the Lloyd David and Carlye Cannon Wattis Found…
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  • 1831 Bumble Bee Beetle - Zoology Object of the Week (July 20, 2011)

    Posted 07/20/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    How long do dead insects last? Visitors often ask this question when they see our collections containing specimens from the late 1800s. The answer is that they can last hundreds of years or even longer if properly preserved, protected from light, humidity and pest insects. The oldest pinned in…
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  • Dung beetles' seed dispersal

    Posted 06/08/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Many plants rely on animals to disperse their seeds. Animals feed on their fruit and drop the seeds with their feces. Then dung beetles get involved. Particularly in tropical ecosystems, dung beetles are important secondary seed dispersers. Roller beetles relocate them on the horizontally by r…
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  • Teen Science Scholars working

    Posted 06/07/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Four high school students, Samantha Beirne, Isabelle Gunn, Brianne Palmer and Gary Olds, were selected by the DMNS Teen Science Scholar program to work in the Bison Beetle Project. The Scholars help collect samples and mount, label and sort the insect material, preparing it for statistical ana…
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  • Colorado Rainbow Scarab - Zoology Object (May 31, 2011)

    Posted 05/26/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Up to a whopping 22 mm in length with bright metallic green coloration, the native Rainbow Scarab, Phanaeus vindex, is the largest and most spectacular of the about 90 dung beetle species inhabiting Colorado. It is rarely seen because it spends its time under cattle and bison dung pats worki…
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  • Jungle Butterflies

    Posted 05/02/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Dr. Dean Fanara, a medical entomologist from Elk, Washington, donated 98 butterflies from the remote jungles of northeast Colombia that he had collected in 1966. Dr. Fanara had conducted research on malaria and Chagas disease for the Pan American Health Organization in the region of Puerto Rey…
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  • Jungle Butterfly - Zoology Object of the Week (May 1, 2011)

    Posted 04/30/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    In 1966, medical entomologist Dean Fanara, PhD, conducted research on malaria and Chagas disease in northeast Colombia for the Pan American Health Organization. It is the land of the Bari people who had defeated several Spanish expeditions in the 16th century. Dr. Fanara enjoyed his stay and m…
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  • Bed Bug Bite

    Posted 04/14/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Bed Bugs are surging in the United States. Denver is one of the cities most affected by recent outbreaks of these blood-sucking insects. DMNS has produced a short video about the problem, the first Science Bite this year. Some more information about the problem can be found in the June/July nu…
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  • Denver Bed Bugs: Zoology Object of the Week (March 28, 2011)

    Posted 03/26/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius Linnaeus, 1758) are a growing problem in Denver and many other cities in the United States. Bed bugs do not transmit diseases but suck blood from people and, once established, multiply rapidly. This sample was collected in October 2010 in a Denver apartment. The …
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  • North Korean beetles arrived at DMNS

    Posted 03/10/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Through the effort and generosity of Denver resident Laurie Zeller, DMNS received a spectacular donation today. Phil Tates of New York donated his collection of 3,189 beetles from all over the world that had resided in Laurie's home for some time. The collection contains material from exotic p…
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