Monthly Archives: April 2011

Rafting With Insects

Imaging being dumped into the water far from shore with dozens of your companions. Can your group survive? It is no problem if you are a fire ant. The red imported fire ant is a pest in southern North America, … Continue reading

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Early Butterflies II

Another early butterfly in Indiana is the clouded sulphur, Colias philodice. These butterflies are nimble fliers and avoid predators. When disturbed, they typically fly a short distance, then drop into the grass where they are difficult to spot. The genus … Continue reading

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Early Butterflies

One of the earliest butterflies to emerge in Indiana is the Cabbage White butterfly, Pieris rapae. Like most butterflies, they overwinter as a pupae. Adults emerge in the early Spring when their host plants in the mustard family are available … Continue reading

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Living With Pesticides II

Some pesticides may be safe enough for untrained, unlicensed homeowners to use. Other pesticides that are highly toxic or can cause harm to the environment require users to be trained and licensed. All users, both unlicensed homeowners and licensed pesticide … Continue reading

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Living With Insecticides

Some insects are pests and their control is desirable or necessary. Some methods of insect control create more environmental and health problems than others. This week in Geneva, Switzerland, The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is meeting. Topping the … Continue reading

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Living With Mosquitoes

Wet weather in Indiana is bringing out the mosquitoes. Can the mosquito repellent be far behind? The old standby mosquito repellent DEET was developed by the US Army in the 1950s. Out of thousands of chemicals tested, DEET had the … Continue reading

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Striped Cucumber Beetle

Insects become active when temperatures in Spring start to rise. Many of the first insects seen are those that overwinter as pupae or adults. The striped cucumber beetle, Acalymma vittatum, overwinters as an adult. Once the temperatures reach the 60s, … Continue reading

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