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VMNH was visited by fly researcher Bill Murphy of Indianapolis, Indiana. Our curator of recent invertebrates, Dr. Kal Ivanov, hosted Bill and gave him access to the collection of hundreds of thousands of pinned insect specimens. Bill dove right into the fly collection (in our Latin classification system, flies are “Diptera” which literally translates to two-winged – flies are the only insects that support only one pair of wings).
Bessbugs(=patent-leather beetles; family Passalidae) are a small, mostly tropical, group
of unusual beetles most closely related to scarabs and stag beetles.
Megacopta cribraria (a.k.a. the Kudzu Bug; Fig. 1), a relative of the familiar, and more widespread, brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha haly) is a relatively recent addition to the North American hemipteran (a group that includes stink bugs, aphids, planthoppers, and cicadas) fauna.
A visit to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ annual BugFest includes an unexpected introduction to insect cuisine.
VMNH Publications Insects of Virginia and Myriapodologica are now available as free PDFs on the museum website