Monthly Archives: February 2011

Insect Odor Detector / Bedbugs

A few months ago, I posted about Roscoe, the bed bug sniffing dog who has his own Facebook page. Move over Roscoe, there is a new detector in town, tiny wasps. A couple weeks ago, I posted about using wasps … Continue reading

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Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly: Endangered

The Hine’s Emerald is the only dragonfly on the US endangered species list. It was placed on the Illinois State List of Endangered Species in 1991 and placed on the Federal Endangered Species List in 2005. At one time, the … Continue reading

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Endangered Insects, Endangered Buses?

San Francisco artist, Todd, Gilens, has created a mobile art project, “EndangerBus”. The project places artistic renderings of endangered species on the sides of buses in place of advertising. Todd Gilens explains his project on his website Like street trees, … Continue reading

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Moth Jokes

By Popular Demand!!!!!!! Q. Why did the caterpillar cross the road? A. To get away from the chicken. Q. What insect eats nothing? A. A clothes moth. It eats holes. Q. Why did the caterpillar eat a hole in the … Continue reading

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Welcome Image Awards

The Welcome Image Awards are given to scientists who have submitted images over the past 18 months that best celebrate the splendor of nature. This year, the award winners include several images of insects. This photo (below) by Kevin MacKenzie … Continue reading

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Green in Chicago

In Chicago, March and green usually refer to the tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green for St Patrick’s Day. The green dye is the same one used to detect if septic tanks or other plumbing are leaking directly into … Continue reading

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The Picnic Beetle

Sap beetles feed on sap: sap oozing from trees, sap oozing from plants damaged by other insects and occasionally are found living with bees. One of the sap beeltes,Glischrochilus fasciatus, is called the picnic beetle, because it is attracted to … Continue reading

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