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New insect species discovered on Flickr

Posted on Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: CC 2.5 Bruce Marlin

 
A photograph posted by a hiker on Flickr has lead to a whole new species of insect being identified.

Shaun Winterton had been looking through photographs of bugs on Flickr when he came across a particularly unusual specimen, a green lacewing with markings that he'd never seen before. The photograph had been taken by Guek Hock Ping during a hiking trip to the jungles of Malaysia. "I sent the link to a few colleagues of mine," said Winterton. "They hadn't seen it either. And I realized: This thing's new."

Winterton immediately contacted Geuk Hock Ping to see if he had a specimen of the insect for him to examine. Unfortunately he didn't, but as luck would have it a year later Guek returned from another trip to Malaysia and this time he'd managed to capture one. The insect was later sent for study and has since been confirmed as a genuine new species.

"One day in May of 2011, Shaun Winterton was looking at pictures of bugs on the Internet when something unusual caught his eye."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by Mantis914 on 14 August, 2012, 15:07
All the lacewings I've seen are like a translucent green color... pretty cool! When we used to live in a part of DFW that had a lot of pollution and factories, I remember I used to find gray and pink bugs, bright blue/green bugs, which may have been their natural coloration, not sure...
Comment icon #8 Posted by Atlantia on 14 August, 2012, 17:25
Nice Roadrunner Mantis!
Comment icon #9 Posted by UFO_Monster on 14 August, 2012, 20:47
Cute bug. I read somewhere that the estimated amount of undiscovered species, be it plant or animal is, uh, a lot. Don't remember what that suggested figure is. We discover thousands of new species every year. We definitely haven't found every species on this planet.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hilander on 14 August, 2012, 21:20
Cute bug but I would probably step on it if it were in my house.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Junior Chubb on 14 August, 2012, 22:13
New insect species discovered on Flickr Another IE Bug?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Harlequin Dreamer on 14 August, 2012, 22:25
Thats just great another bug creeping around the house eeww. lol only joking.
Comment icon #13 Posted by csspwns on 15 August, 2012, 2:11
they still havent found wat caused the "bloop" yet
Comment icon #14 Posted by notoverrated on 15 August, 2012, 2:35
srry i find it rly hard to care that we found one bug.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Lava_Lady on 15 August, 2012, 3:43
Cool! It's a bug with a picture of a bug on it's wings! Or it looks poor that to me anyway... Hehe!
Comment icon #16 Posted by The Unseen on 16 August, 2012, 10:58
oops made a mistake,My bad


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