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Ode to the Banana Slug

In anticipation of the 2014 National Geographic BioBlitz in San Francisco, a California native takes a poetic look at the local banana slug.

The Wonderful World of Arthropods

Pictures: Insects and spiders like you’ve never seen them before.

(More!) Pink Grasshoppers, Plus the First Wild Bear Sighting

At the research site: More pink grasshoppers, invertebrates galore, a few lizards and the first wild bear sighting!

The Pink Grasshopper – No, It’s Not a Cocktail

We believe these funky individuals to be a rare morph of the common meadow grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus. I certainly hadn’t and didn’t even know you could have a pink grasshopper, let alone actually see one for real in the wild!

New Hot-Pink Slug Found in Australia

He’s big. He’s slimy. And he’s … neon pink?! Meet Triboniophorus aff. graeffei, a new species of 8-inch-long (20-centimeter-long) slug.

Returning to Transylvania: Europe’s Last Great Wilderness

Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the team.

Freshwater Invertebrates: Species of the Week

  Bad news for the spineless: one fifth of the world’s invertebrate species are now at risk of extinction, according to a report by the Zoological Society of London. This is especially disturbing because invertebrates are thought to represent around 99% of biodiversity on the planet. According to Scientific American, until now scientists hadn’t made an…

Giant Squid Eyeball Among Museum Oddities

Among the invertebrate treasures at the National Museum of Natural History are a giant isopod and a giant squid eyeball.

Largest Land-Dwelling “Bug” of All Time

The giant extinct invertebrate Arthropleura resembled some modern millipedes, but could grow to be more than one-and-a-half feet wide, and may sometimes have been more than six feet long. Reconstruction of the giant millipede Arthropleura from the Pennsylvanian and earliest Permian of North America and Europe. The head capsule (marked by an asterisk) is shown…