Butterflies of Alaska, A Field Guide will soon be available for purchase. Details are available at the URI below.
The article appeared in the journal PLOS ONE on October 30.
Dupuis JR, Sperling FAH (2015) Repeated Reticulate Evolution in North American Papilio machaon Group Swallowtail Butterflies. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0141882. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141882
The article appeared in the journal ZooKeys on September 30. See the article at the URI below.
Signal crayfish breeding in the Buskin River drainage, Kodiak Island
It appears that the signal crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus, is now established in Alaska. See the articles below.
Invasive Species Breeding in Buskin River
Another Crawdaddy Found in Buskin
A new species of bathynellid from Alaska
Camacho, A.I., R.L. Newell, Z. Crete, B.A. Dorda, A.Casado., and I. Rey. 2015. Northernmost discovery of Bathynellacea (Syncarida: Bathynellidae) with description of a new species of Pacificabathynella from Alaska (USA). Journal of Natural History. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00222933.2015.1083621
From the abstract:
A new species of the genus Pacificabathynella Schminke and Noodt, 1988 is described from groundwaters of Alaska (USA). This is the first record of Bathynellacea Chappuis, 1915 from the far north of America.
Derek Sikes shared this blog and newsletter with me. I encourage you to look at these.
Network for Arthropods of the Tundra, Newsletter 2, October 2015
Bill Davidson, a U. S. Forest Service Student Trainee for Forest Health Protection this summer managed to capture a few great videos of one of our native horntails. While in Cooper Landing this summer Bill found Urocerus flavicornis in action on spruce logs that were cut as part of a fire wise program. Also known as a wood wasp, U. flavicornis is a wood borer that can typically be found on stressed, dying and dead spruce trees in Alaska. It is also commonly found in association with cut wood and saw logs. Although this insect looks menacing, it is completely harmless to humans.
More information on Urocerus flavicornis and other wood wasps and horn tails can be found in these places:
The article (URI below) appeared in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s Refuge Notebook series.
The article appeared May 5 in Biodiversity Data Journal.
Pampell R, Sikes D, Pantoja A, Holloway P, Knight C, Ranft R (2015) Bumble Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Bombus spp.) of Interior Alaska: Species Composition, Distribution, Seasonal Biology, and Parasites. Biodiversity Data Journal 3: e5085. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e5085