Monthly Archives: August 2012

Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging- Science Literacy Edition

Charles Darwin kept a journal during his voyage to South America on The Beagle. Darwin recounts this anecdote about a German Naturalist and Collector, Renous. Renous himself, two or three years before, left in a house at San Fernando, some … Continue reading

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Living With House Centipedes

House centipedes move rapidly, often stopping and starting abruptly using their 15 pairs of legs. The behavior is startling to most people and certain to elicit screams from my daughter. A few tidbits of their biology are discussed in a … Continue reading

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Long-necked Seed Bug

The Long-necked Seed Bug, Myodocha serripes, is a common insect in grassy areas of Indiana. These tiny bugs are often overlooked; they are less than 10 mm (3/8 inch) when full grown. The occasionally attract notice when very large populations … Continue reading

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Pipevine Swallowtail

The Pipevine Swallowtail is a large black butterfly with iridescent blue on the body and wings and brilliant orange spots on the wing undersides. The showy wings attract attention, which in nature shouts, “I am toxic! Leave me alone!” Pipevine … Continue reading

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Living With Wasp Control

Eric Pfeiffer of Yahoo News brings us an awesome wasp story. A giant wasp nest is in a Chinese village, high up in a tree. The wasps have stung dozens of people. One man has died of stings. Local pest … Continue reading

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Living With Wasp Biosurveillance

I have written numerous post about Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive pest that is killing millions of ash trees in North America. Emerald Ash Borers are difficult to detect, which makes management problematic. On their own, they don’t fly far … Continue reading

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Living With Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetle, Popillia japonica, has been an invasive species in the US for a century. Japanese beetle was first reported in the US in 1916. We believe that Japanese Beetle entered the US prior to 1912, probably as larvae or … Continue reading

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