Bug of the week: Caurinus sp.

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What insect has no wings, silver golf-ball eyes, and a stumpy rounded body? A scorpionfly. If that answer doesn’t sound correct, you’ve probably not come across any species in this unusual genus Caurinus. Post-doctoral researcher Crystal Ernst came across this insect when identifying thousands of individuals from her samples collected on the coast of British Columbia. For a wonderful story about Crystal’s discovery, and how she came to identify this puzzling species – check out this wonderful piece by Josh Silberg on the Hakai Blog.

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