Monthly Archives: October 2010

Madagascar “Hissing” Cockroaches

Of the 4000 plus species of cockroach, the most popular is the Madagascar “Hissing” Cockroach, Gromphadorhina portentosa. The Hissing Cockroach is one of the largest species of cockroach reaching a size of about 4 inches. The Hissing sound is made … Continue reading

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Cockroaches are one of the early groups to appear in the history of insect evolution. The oldest cockroach fossil is about 350 million years old. The oldest heaxpod fossil is about 415 million years ago, so cockroaches have been on … Continue reading

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Killer Bees

Back in the 1970s, when the killer bee threat to the US was first announced, it stirred the imagination of movie makers. Because the threat was new, the US public was largely uninformed about the limits and scope of the … Continue reading

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Bee Jokes

The fly jokes were such a hit, I decided to post a few bee jokes. Many of the bee jokes make use of the “Bee” sound in many words. Just in time for Halloween: Question: What kind of bees live … Continue reading

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Carpenter Ants

It was a dark and stormy night… Crack! Zap! Pow! Kaboom! A huge branch from a maple in my front yard fell. Fortunately, it was a limb facing away from the house. Having received my fair warning, I had the … Continue reading

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Pavement Ants

The pavement ant, Tetramorium caespitum, is common in Indiana and an occasional indoor pest. Its mounds are often built in the cracks of pavement. The mounds generally form a perfect circle. How do the ants know to build the mound … Continue reading

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Eastern Cicada Killer

The cicada killer is one of the largest wasps in Indiana. The cicada killer is a solitary wasp that digs tunnels in the soil for rearing its larvae. Once the tunnel is dug to the appropriate depth, the cicada killer … Continue reading

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