April 30, 2018
Meet Zorotypus hubbardi, a member of the rarely collected insect Order Zoraptera. This is the newest addition to the museum's insect collection and the first of its kind to join the collection.
With approximately 40 living species, the order Zoraptera - commonly known as angel insects - is one of the smallest insect orders known to scientists. Of these, only two species are known to occur in the United States. These tiny, soft-bodied insects resemble termites. Although they can be rather common in the right habitat, they are rarely collected due to their small size and secretive lifestyle. Many thanks to Kevin Hinson of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, as well as Dr. Art Evans, entomologist, VMNH Board of Trustee, and VMNH Research Associate for making this addition possible!