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A young naturalist from southern Texas just sent this stunning male ant to me to accession. Look at those hairs! These are the sausage flies of the most heavily armored army ants on Earth, and the northernmost record I'm aware of.

Nomamyrmex esenbeckii
Riviera, TX, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

A young naturalist from southern Texas just sent this stunning male ant to me to accession. Look at those hairs! These are the sausage flies of the most heavily armored army ants on Earth, and the northernmost record I'm aware of. Nomamyrmex esenbeckii Riviera, TX, USA.

One of the largest centipedes this far north. Fully blind too!

Scolopocryptops sexspinosus
Ithaca, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

One of the largest centipedes this far north. Fully blind too! Scolopocryptops sexspinosus Ithaca, NY, USA.

Ever since seeing these venomless round spiders in my Golden Guide, I've wanted to find one. Turns out they really do that exact pose. They also spin a slingshot web to hurl themselves at their prey!

Hyptiotes cavatus
Ithaca, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Ever since seeing these venomless round spiders in my Golden Guide, I've wanted to find one. Turns out they really do that exact pose. They also spin a slingshot web to hurl themselves at their prey! Hyptiotes cavatus Ithaca, NY, USA.

Wellness daze @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Wellness daze

Two more reasonable views of this thing

On Lasius claviger, NY. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Two more reasonable views of this thing On Lasius claviger, NY.

I think there mite be something on my face... @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

I think there mite be something on my face...

Some ants aren't the best at detecting other animals in their homes. Here's a very round cricket that lives in ant nests!

Myrmecophilus pergandei, Formica glacialis
Ithaca, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Some ants aren't the best at detecting other animals in their homes. Here's a very round cricket that lives in ant nests! Myrmecophilus pergandei, Formica glacialis Ithaca, NY, USA.

A new Strumigenys for Ithaca! 

Strumigenys pergandei
Ithaca, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

A new Strumigenys for Ithaca! Strumigenys pergandei Ithaca, NY, USA.

My boy... @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

My boy...

Stalk eyed flies have a very tenuous hold in the Americas: no species in the Neotropics, and only two in eastern temperate North America. These two sp. have shorter eye stalks and are more hammerheaded than stalk eyed.

Sphyracephala subbifasciata
Montezuma, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Stalk eyed flies have a very tenuous hold in the Americas: no species in the Neotropics, and only two in eastern temperate North America. These two sp. have shorter eye stalks and are more hammerheaded than stalk eyed. Sphyracephala subbifasciata Montezuma, NY, USA.

Does anybody know what's happening here? I found a few clumps of these beautiful metallic pupae/eggs next to what I assume are parasitized nymphal thrips? All in the center of a small twig.

Dryden, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Does anybody know what's happening here? I found a few clumps of these beautiful metallic pupae/eggs next to what I assume are parasitized nymphal thrips? All in the center of a small twig. Dryden, NY, USA.

Zoom in, you can see a spider's eye view of my camera.

Ithaca, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Zoom in, you can see a spider's eye view of my camera. Ithaca, NY, USA.

New Aladdin live action is sick.

Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

New Aladdin live action is sick. Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY, USA.

A strange new clerid for me! While many species in the family eat other insects, the aptly named Cosmopolitan Blue Bone Beetle feeds on carrion.

Necrobia violacea
On dead deer & fish pile, Binghampton, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

A strange new clerid for me! While many species in the family eat other insects, the aptly named Cosmopolitan Blue Bone Beetle feeds on carrion. Necrobia violacea On dead deer & fish pile, Binghampton, NY, USA.

The most confusing part about eastern red-backed salamanders is that they are not always red! Here are the three main colors they come in. They are one of the most abundant terrestrial vertebrates of the eastern US.

Plethodon cinereus
Ithaca, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

The most confusing part about eastern red-backed salamanders is that they are not always red! Here are the three main colors they come in. They are one of the most abundant terrestrial vertebrates of the eastern US. Plethodon cinereus Ithaca, NY, USA.

A little late, but my photo of Pheidole navigans made the cover of Annals of the Entomological Society of America! @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

A little late, but my photo of Pheidole navigans made the cover of Annals of the Entomological Society of America!

Here's a species new to science, an undescribed Temnothorax species that calls Boca Chica home. It looks like nothing else we know on the continent. Big thanks to @mmprebus for identifying this for me. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Here's a species new to science, an undescribed Temnothorax species that calls Boca Chica home. It looks like nothing else we know on the continent. Big thanks to @mmprebus for identifying this for me.

The area around SpaceX's launchpad is some of the last of its kind in the world, much of it previously lost to agriculture. Center of the continent & gateway to the tropics, it is one of the biologically richest areas in the US with a crazy mixmash of species found nowhere else. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

The area around SpaceX's launchpad is some of the last of its kind in the world, much of it previously lost to agriculture. Center of the continent & gateway to the tropics, it is one of the biologically richest areas in the US with a crazy mixmash of species found nowhere else.

Mosquitos as pollinators? More likely than you think.

Montezuma, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Mosquitos as pollinators? More likely than you think. Montezuma, NY, USA.