Monthly Archives: September 2010

Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs not only bite people, they frequently appear in TV sound bites. For example, this recent sound bite from the David Letterman Show featuring NY City Mayor Bloomberg: Letterman: What are we going to do about the rats? On … Continue reading

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Aphid Invaders

This time last year, many towns and cities in Indiana and Illinois experienced incredibly large swarms of soybean aphids. This year (2010), I have seen a few soybean aphids but nothing like the massive clouds that choked joggers and interfered … Continue reading

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Chafers

Beetles are the most numerous type of insect and insects are the most numerous type of animal on the planet. Beetles have hardened front wings (called elytra) that meet in a straight line down the middle. These hardened forewings protect … Continue reading

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Bugging out!

“Feds Seize Rare Insect in Flower Shipment” blare the headlines of a recent article. This article received the tags, “News” and “Weird”. However, it is neither news nor weird; it is old hat and ordinary. Every day, inspectors at the … Continue reading

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Stop the Bug

In the Midwest, homeowners have been annoyed by the Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis, for the past decade. Harmonia is a native of Asia, that has been imported several times into the US for control of aphid pests. It was … Continue reading

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Stop the Beetle

The USDA has a website with information on Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorn Beetle, two devastating wood boring beetles. The media library has videos that explain how EAB was brought to North America, the damage it causes, how to … Continue reading

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Why flowers smell good

Some flowers are known for their pleasant odor. Some of the strongest odors are produced by the flowers of angiosperms (flowering plants). Angiosperm fossils date to 125 million years ago to a time when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Most … Continue reading

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