New Zealand giant insect escapes from pigs

This video says about itself:

Tusked Weta Vs Foraging Pig – Wild New Zealand – BBC Earth

22 June 2017

The Tusked Weta is New Zealand’s equivalent of a mouse and a worthy snack for a foraging pig. This weta however is an escape artist and when necessary can take quite extreme action to evade capture.

Remarkable New Zealand insect

This video says about itself:

Insect Returns From The Dead – Wild New Zealand – BBC Earth

15 June 2017

The Mountain Stone Weta boasts perhaps the most extraordinary survival technique of all – the ability to come back from the dead. With the aid of a specialized filming chamber we are able to witness stunning footage of life slowly returning to this frozen insect.

Florida, USA wasp among flowers, video

This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

6 May 2017

Blue Mud Dauber Wasp attracted to super bloom of Saw Palmettos. The thousands of saw palmettos that make up the under-story of the pine forest jungle behind the Backyard are all in full bloom.

The heavy sweet smell of this is overwhelming and as you might imagine attracts flying insects of all kinds. Many types of bees and wasps collect the pollen of the palmetto and the most interesting is this large striking metallic blue mud dauber, rarely seen in the foraging mode as it is a solitary low profile wasp that is not at all aggressive even when you stick a camera in its face. Another … thing about these big wasps is that they are major spider killers including brown and black widows.

Facial recognition changes a wasp’s brain: here.

Rare wasps in the Netherlands, video

This 4 June 2016 video shows Stephanus serrator wasps. It says about itself:

On dead tree. First the male, from 43 s on the female. A rare wasp parasitic on larvae of longhorn beetles.

The video was recorded in Ohé en Laak village in Maasgouw local authority in Dutch Limburg province. This species is very rare in the Netherlands.

Periodical cicadas video

This video, recorded in North America, says about itself:

17 Year Periodical Cicadas – Planet Earth – BBC Earth

5 May 2017

The biggest insect emergence on the planet is underway – after an absence of 17 years the next batch of Periodical Cicadas will grace the forest for just a mere few days. For the turtle and other forest inhabitants this will be one very rare but ultimately satisfying banquet.

Rare wasps on video

This 14 April 2017 video by Sandra Brennand from the Netherlands is about rare Monoctenus juniperi wasps.

Ancient bed bug discovery in Oregon, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

4 April 2017

Bedbugs have been making lives of other creatures miserable for a long time – scientists report that they have found the earliest known remains of bed bug relatives in a cave in southern Oregon.

From the Entomological Society of America:

Oldest remains of insects from bed bug genus found in Oregon

Specimens from genus Cimex date to nearly 11,000 years ago

April 4, 2017

Summary: A cave in Oregon that is the site of some the oldest preserved evidence of human activity in North America was also once home to not-too-distant cousins of the common bed bug. Archaeologists describe remains found in caves near Paisley, Ore., that represent the oldest specimens of insects from the genus Cimex ever found, ranging between 5,100 and 11,000 years old.

A cave in southern Oregon that is the site of some the oldest preserved evidence of human activity in North America was also once home to not-too-distant cousins of the common bed bug.

In research to be published next week in the Entomological Society of America’s Journal of Medical Entomology, a pair of archaeologists describe remains found in caves near Paisley, Oregon, that represent the oldest specimens of insects from the genus Cimex ever found, ranging between 5,100 and 11,000 years old.

The remains were identified as relatives of the bed bug, Cimex lectularius, but they were “not the bed bug we all know and love from hotel rooms,” says Martin E. Adams of Paleoinsect Research and co-author on the study with Dennis L. Jenkins of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon. The species in the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves (Cimex pilosellus, Cimex latipennis, and Cimex antennatus) are all parasites of bats.

Previously, the oldest remains of “cimicids” ever found were just 3,500 years old, found in Egypt in 1999, meaning the remains found at the Paisley Caves are the oldest Cimex specimens by a wide margin, and they raise some interesting questions for researchers about how cimicids have interacted (or not) with humans in the past.

Cimex lectularius and Cimex hemipterus are the two bed bug species that are known to parasitize humans, widely believed to have adapted to that role thousands of years ago when humans shared caves with bats in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The species found in the Oregon caves, however, never made that jump, and Adams says it’s unclear why not.

“Were the cimicid populations too small to establish themselves outside the caves, or were the host populations too small?” Adams says. “Given that Paisley Caves was only a seasonal occupation area for human hunter-gatherers, did the humans move around too much, or were the bugs not able to withstand the environment outside the caves for very long? Or, were there other constraints involved? I’m working on these last few archaeological questions right now.”

The identification of the three Cimex species may also offer some clues to climactic trends during the eras they were dated to, Adams says. Cimex antennatus, for instance, tends to favor the warmer climates of California and Nevada. “The presence of warm-tolerant cimicids in the caves, such as Cimex antennatus, may suggest that climatic conditions at Paisley Caves 5,100 years ago were similar to what Cimex antennatus enjoys today in its current range.”