Monthly Archives: October 2010

Acorn Weevil

The acorn weevil is notable for its very long snout which is as long as the rest of its body. Move over Cyrano de Bergerac. The acorn weevil uses its long snout to drill a hole a deep hole into … Continue reading

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Hard Working Insects

Carpenter bees are common in the Eastern US. A female carpenter bee will bore a tunnel into a tree and then create side tunnels for her larvae. If the tunnel goes into a hollow area of a tree, the female … Continue reading

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Digger Wasp

The blue-winged digger wasp, Scolia dubia, is a common wasp in Indiana and much of the Eastern US. They are common visitors to flowers in August and September, feeding on nectar and pollen. They may tunnel into the soil to … Continue reading

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Writing With Insects

Insects galls on oak have great historical significance as a source of inks used to write documents. These include the Dead Sea Scrolls, many copies of The Bible made prior to the Gutenberg press, drafts of the US Constitution, the … Continue reading

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The Taste of Honey

Honey is the product of bees, as most people know. Bees collect nectar from flowers by inserting their mouthparts into flowers and drinking the sweet rewards that plants offer to pollinators. The liquid is stored in the crop or “honey … Continue reading

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Bumble Bees Can’t Fly

In the 1930s, French entomologist, Antoine Magnan, wrote about his discussion with engineer Andre Sainte-Lague. Their analysis concluded that bumble bees could not fly by the aerodynamic principles that govern fixed-winged aircraft. Given the size of the bumble bee wings … Continue reading

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Pigeon Horntail

The Pigeon Horntail (Tremex columba) is one of the largest horntails in North America. Horntails are Hymenoptera that lack the abdominal constriction that evolved with the parasitoid lifestyle. Pigeon horntails are fungus feeders that develop in dying or dead deciduous … Continue reading

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