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I found him in a kitchen located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
This looks very similar to a click beetle. Some of them are pretty popular in south Canada.
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The beetle is a small sized invertebrate that is known to be incredibly versatile and is found in numerous different shapes and sizes. Beetles are found in nearly every different habitat on Earth and are only absent from the freezing polar regions.
The beetle has the largest number of sub-species out of all the insects, with 40% of all recognised insects being classed as beetles. There are more than 350,000 different species of noted beetle, however, scientists estimate the real number is between 4 million and 8 million beetle species.
As with other species of insects, the body of the beetle is comprised of three sections all coated in the hard outer shell, which are the head of the beetle, the thorax of the beetle and the abdomen of the beetle. Beetles also have antennae which are used to understand the surroundings of the beetle and are made of about 10 different sections.
Beetles are believed to play a vital role in whichever ecosystem they are inhabiting mainly as they consume the debris from plants and animals including fallen petals and animal dung. All animals that ingest decomposing material are working wonders for the soil as they are consuming a large proportion of the compounds that would otherwise be absorbed into the soil, such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen.
The beetle is an omnivorous animals and feeds on whatever it can find but generally plants and fungi and the debris from both plants and animals. Some bigger species of beetle have been known to eat small birds and even small species of mammal. Other species of beetle feed of the dust from wood and therefore enjoy burrowing themselves into trees.
Due to their small size and wide, diverse range, beetles are prey to numerous species of animal from other insects to reptiles, birds, fish and mammals. The exact predators of the beetle however are largely dependent on the size and species of the beetle and the area in which the beetle inhabits.
Recently, the Asian long-horned beetle has been found in number of North American states with the beetle having quickly gained a name for itself as an agricultural pest. The Asian long-horned beetle is a type of bark boring beetle which means that they dig themselves into wood.
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All the ladybird beetles, with the exception of the members of one vegetation-eating genus, are carnivorous. In both the adult and larval stages they feed on insects harmful to plants, such as aphids and scale insects. Because of the help ladybird beetles render farmers in destroying agricultural pests, the beetles were popularly regarded in the Middle Ages as instruments of benevolent intervention by the Virgin Mary, whence the common name ladybird.
A common North American species of ladybird beetle, the nine-spotted ladybug beetle, is orange above, spotted with black. Adults of the two-spotted ladybug beetle often hibernate in houses during winter. This beetle is orange above, with a single large black spot on each elytron (protective outer wing). The convergent ladybug beetle is a western American species, the adults of which commonly swarm in large numbers on mountain peaks. These swarms are collected by western agricultural firms and are distributed to farmers for aphid control. The vedalia, an Australian species, has been imported into California to fight the cottony-cushion scale insect, which attacks citrus trees.
A few ladybird beetles are injurious to humans. The Mexican bean beetle is the most serious of these agricultural pests, feeding on the leaves and pods of bean plants. This beetle, which has spread throughout the United States, is brownish-yellow above, marked with eight black spots. The squash ladybird feeds on the leaves of plants of the gourd family.
Scientific classification: Ladybird beetles make up the family Coccinellidae. The nine-spotted ladybug beetle is classified as Coccinella novemnotata, the two-spotted ladybug beetle as Adalia bipunctata, the convergent ladybug beetle as Hippodamia convergens, and the vedalia as Rodolia cardinalis. The few ladybird beetles that are agricultural pests belong to the genus Epilachna. The Mexican bean beetle is classified as Epilachna varivestis, the squash ladybird as Epilachna borealis.
These three Australian beetles are hard to find. So two researchers named them after Pokémon.
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Yes, professor, Pokémon are real.
Or at least, they can be if you name a new beetle species after the iconic pocket monsters. That's the lesson Darren Pollock, a professor of biology at Eastern New Mexico University found out when a fellow researcher in Australia contacted him with the discovery of several new beetles.
In truth, they don't actually look much like Pokémon. But Pollock and the researcher, Yun Hsiao at The Australian National University, opted to name the newly found insects after the names of three extremely rare Pokémon from the popular series: Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres.
“I always feel it is nice to connect the public popular culture to biotaxonomy to raise the people’s concern on the conservation of the amazing diversity of our earth ecosystem,” Hsiao, a Ph.D. candidate, wrote in an email to USA TODAY. “And I really appreciate the biodiversity of Pokémon world, which is actually based (in) real life diversity.”
Hsiao discovered the beetles while he was scouring the Australian National Insect Collection – which, according to its website, houses more than 12 million specimens – and found there were new species of a genus of beetle that Pollock had previously studied.
Hsiao contacted Pollock and the two described the beetles. They've been dubbed Binburrum articuno, Binburrum zapdos and Binburrum moltres. The two published their findings in the journal The Canadian Entomologist in December.
The three bugs are named after their Pokémon counterparts - namely, birds of ice, lightning and fire. The names have generated some attention, Pollock and Hsiao said.
(From left) Binburrum articuno, Binburrum moltres and Binburrum zapdos, three beetles named after legendary Pokémon by researchers Darren Pollock and Yun Hsiao. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Darren Pollock, Eastern New Mexico University)
The scenario is a bit of reality mirroring fiction.
Legendary Pokémon tend to come in sets of three in most games in the series. That pattern crossed Hsiao’s mind when the beetles were discovered, he said.
Pokémon professors in the games ask trainers to help with cataloguing the creatures with a high-tech encyclopedia called a Pokédex. There are already a few beetle-like Pokémon in the popular series: Heracross, with its giant horn, bears a striking resemblance to the Japanese rhinoceros beetle, for example.
Pollock said it was Hsiao’s idea to name the beetles after the rare legendary bird Pokémon. In the original Red and Blue games – the “first generation” games, Hsiao’s favorite – in the U.S., there was only one of each type of bird available to the player. Naming the beetles after the one-of-kind birds was a nod of sorts to how rare the beetles are, Pollock said.
“The number of specimens we looked at in this research project were very few,” Pollock said. “Just a handful of specimens.”
Choosing Pokémon names meant the chances of duplicating an already-used name were slim, Pollock said.
“One of the things that’s very important when you’re describing new species is you absolutely cannot duplicate someone else’s species name,” Pollock said. “There’s a genus, and then a species, like Homo sapiens (humans), or Musca domestica (housefly), or Binburrum articuno. If you’re going to be describing a new species, one of the easiest ways to make sure that you don’t duplicate somebody’s old name is to make it something new and different, or clever."
He added, “Back when the species were being described hundreds of years ago, the Moltres or Zapdos and Articuno… those words weren’t around.”
The beetles have received more attention than Hsiao and Pollock expected.
“It’s spread quite a lot more than I ever thought it would for dinky little beetles from Australia,” Pollock said.
He added, “The bottom line is, it’s documenting the need for describing species on the planet. There’s just so many species that need to be described, and there’s so few people that are able to do it. That’s a win-win, I think.”
Hsiao is the more hardcore Pokémon fan of the pair of researchers, Pollock said. Still, the professor has fond memories of the video game and television series. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the first games' release in Japan.
“I remember getting up with my son and watching Pokémon on TV and standing in line on Black Friday and buying a Pokemon Yellow GameBoy, which he still has,” Pollock said.
Plus, he remembers his son searching for a rare Charizard card when opening Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs.
What's the name of this beetle? - Biology
Each of these four processes is a basic mechanism of evolutionary change.
A mutation could cause parents with genes for bright green coloration to have offspring with a gene for brown coloration. That would make genes for brown coloration more frequent in the population than they were before the mutation.
Some individuals from a population of brown beetles might have joined a population of green beetles. That would make genes for brown coloration more frequent in the green beetle population than they were before the brown beetles migrated into it.
|Genetic drift |
Imagine that in one generation, two brown beetles happened to have four offspring survive to reproduce. Several green beetles were killed when someone stepped on them and had no offspring. The next generation would have a few more brown beetles than the previous generation but just by chance. These chance changes from generation to generation are known as genetic drift.
|Natural selection |
Imagine that green beetles are easier for birds to spot (and hence, eat). Brown beetles are a little more likely to survive to produce offspring. They pass their genes for brown coloration on to their offspring. So in the next generation, brown beetles are more common than in the previous generation.