Sunday, October 28, 2007


Last weekend was the Cornell Entomology Department's annual Insectapalooza. This fun event draws a big crowd of families and kids to tour the department and see all sorts of exhibits run by the undergrad club Snodgrass and Wigglesworth.

Of course the biggest draw for me is the big arthropod zoo. It was tough getting good photos in their containers, but here goes nothing. Also, I linked their names to their fact sheets.

Texas Unicorn Mantis
Phyllovates chlorophaea

Social Huntsman Spider
Delena cancerides
A colonial spider.

Death Stalker Scorpion
Leiurus quinquestriatus
Most potent scorpion.

Southern Fat-tailed Scorpion
Androctonus australis
Deadliest scorpion in the world.

Orchid Mantis
Hymenopus coronatus

Velvet Ant
Dasymutilla sp.

Giant Sonoran Centipede
Scolopendra heros

Garden Spider

Sri Lankan Ornamental
Poecilotheria fasciata

Damon diadema

Giant Egyptian Solifugid
Rhagodes phalangium


I forget which is which, but they include:

Australian Stick Insect
Extatosoma tiaratum

New Guinea Stick Insect
Heteropteryx dilatata



  1. Wow, now that looks like fun and an excellent idea for kids! Great Job!

  2. Oh yeah - tons of folks there (look at the crowd shot, and the look on my friend Jenna's face in the middle (orange shirt)). I just poke around for a little while, say hi to my entomology amigos and snap a few pics. It would be a good excuse to have my family come visit next year, though. They run a great show in Comstock Hall.