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Hercules beetle

While many specimens in the collections came from distant places, including this exotic-looking beetle from Nicaragua, researchers also discover and describe species in Kansas that are new to science. In 2010, entomology student Taro Eldredge found a new species, Myrmedonota heliantha, in the Baker Wetlands just south of Lawrence — the only place where the tiny carnivorous beetle is known to exist.

 

Photo by Brian Goodman

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Taken on January 11, 2012