Deuteragenia ossarium is serious about protecting its young: it crams as many as 13 dead ants deep into the top of the subterranean nest where its offspring are growing. The dead ants emit volatile chemicals that deter would-be predators from munching on the children. The wasp is found in eastern China's Gutianshan National Nature Reserve.
two new species:
This vibrantly colored crustacean was found being sold in exotic pet shops in Europe, with their original whereabouts initially unknown. After doing some investigative research, crab expert Christian Lukhaup was able to trace their origins back to Java, Indonesia, and met with the people who were collecting the crabs on the beach. After meeting these individuals, Lukhaup was given access to the specimens and then reviewed his findings with Peter Ng, a biology professor at the National University of Singapore. Two new species, Geosesarma dennerle and Geosesarma hagen, were named this year.
back in March, Skeletorus (Maratus sceletus) and Sparklemuffin (Maratus jactatus).