Monthly Archives: August 2011

Little Cricket, Long Antennae

Crickets are plentiful this year. Readers in Indiana can hear them chirp through the night. Some find the chirping comforting. Others find the noise irritating. The female cricket (in the picture below) came to my door last night. A prominent … Continue reading

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Room to Breathe

One of the restrictions on the size of large buildings is the space required to deliver utilities to the top floors. As the height of a building increases, the amount of floor space that must be devoted to elevators, water … Continue reading

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Lindgren Funnel Trap

In a previous post, I discussed the development of the Hartstack Wire Cone Trap for monitoring cotton bollworm populations. Traps require a lot of thought and observation of insect biology to be effective and useful. The Lindgren Funnel Trap is … Continue reading

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Art Meets Science

Anyone who has taken pictures of insects under the microscope knows the difficulty with 3 dimensional objects. The features we wish to include in a single photograph are invariably in different planes of focus. When we make one feature in … Continue reading

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Milkweed Tiger Moth

Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging is back. The caterpillar most associated with milkweed is the Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar. However, other caterpillars can also be found on milkweed. This includes the gregarious, Euchaetes egle, the Milkweed Tiger Moth. Like the Monarch caterpillar, the … Continue reading

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Puritan Tiger Beetle Protection

The world population of the Puritan Tiger beetle, Cicindela puritana, is estimated at less than 5000 individuals. The beetle thrives in habitat characterized by sparse vegetation and eroding cliffs along the shores of Maryland. The beetles travel between cliff face … Continue reading

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Outdoor sporting events must deal with outdoor phenomena such as the weather and in the summer, “The Bugs”. Heather alerted me to a recent game-altering encounter with a moth in a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Dodgers in … Continue reading

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