Grey Gustafson & Colleagues Discover A New Whirligig Beetle Species


Posted: Nov 15, 2015 - 12:00pm

Whirlygig Beetle

A new species of whirligig beetle is the first to be described in the United States since 1991. Grey Gustafson, a Ph.D. student at the University of New Mexico, and Dr. Robert Sites, an entomologist at the University of Missouri's Enns Entomology Museum, describe the new species in an article appearing in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

Whirligig beetles belong to the family Gyrinidae and are well known for their whirling swimming pattern. Gustafson found the new species in Alabama's Conecuh National Forest while hunting for similar whirligig beetles, and he noticed that they looked very similar to specimens in the Enns Entomology Museum that had not yet been identified.

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