Rainforest EXPLORER: News & Notes
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A Field Guide to the Strange and Surprising World of Beetles | WIRED

A Field Guide to the Strange and Surprising World of Beetles | WIRED | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

How cute it is that we humans think we rule the planet, that somehow we’re the pinnacle of evolution. In reality, it’s the arthropods—ants and spiders and scorpions and such—that truly hold dominion over Earth. And there are no arthropods as successful, as diverse, and as woefully underappreciated as the beetles. They tally an astounding 400,000 known species and there could be an estimated 3/5 million waiting to be discovered!"

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Amazon Insects - Amazon Aid Foundation

Amazon Insects - Amazon Aid Foundation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
There are currently around 1 million species of insects known to exist within the Amazon Basin. However, this number is only an estimate, as new insect species are discovered every year.
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Do Amazon birdeater spiders really eat birds?

Do Amazon birdeater spiders really eat birds? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
When I go out at night into the rainforest to search for katydids I don’t like to have any company. Not that I am particularly antisocial, but tracking skittish and cryptic animals is an activity t...
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Meet the South American Goliath birdeater spider(Therphosa blondi) from the Amazon!  The largest spider in the world with a leg span of nearly a foot (30 cm).  But do they really eat birds?  Read on! 

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