Monthly Archives: December 2011

Living With Insect Allergies

Of the over 4000 described species of cockroach, less than a dozen cockroach species are pests. The most difficult cockroach pests to control are the German cockroach and brown banded cockroach. These cockroaches rapidly reproduce and can build large populations … Continue reading

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Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: Get a Grip

Caterpillars are excellent and sure (pseudo)footed climbers. Caterpillars have special extensions of the abdomen for gripping plants called prolegs. At the tip of the proleg are rows of small hooks called crochets. The crochets will tightly grip a surface. A … Continue reading

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DNA Detection for Inspection

DNA barcoding can be used to unambiguously identify an insect species and provide evidence that the insect in question is present in a specific location. As the bar code library expands, the potential uses of this new technology expands. Creative … Continue reading

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The Art of Breeding Insects

Fruit flies have been bred in captivity for over a century. Thomas Hunt Morgan found the Drosophila, white eye mutant in 1910 (wild type fruit flies have red eyes) and settled on the Fruit Fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as model organism … Continue reading

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Insects In Wonderland

Interested in Insect Photography? An admirer of nature photography? Nadav Bagim (aka Amishboy) has a new series, “Wonderland” of photos shot on his kitchen table using a simple artificial lighting scheme and household items as props. In addition to excellent … Continue reading

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Insect Enterprise Stuggles in the Darkness

In many parts of the world, diets are low in protein which is expensive to produce and purchase. One way to boost protein in the diet is to eat insects that have a high protein content. A large edible insect … Continue reading

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The Insect’s Christmas

Entomologists are often accused of failure to grow up. As adults, Entomologists maintain the same childhood fascination for insects. Entomologists like to share their fascination with others. In 1910, Władysław Starewicz was Director of the Museum of Natural History in … Continue reading

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