Monthly Archives: September 2012

Living With Invasive Drosophila

Drosophila flies, officially known as “Vinegar Flies”, but commonly called “Fruit Flies” have accompanied our fruits and vegetables in North America for centuries. Drosophila melanogaster, a standard subject for genetics studies, will lay its eggs on damaged fruit such as … Continue reading

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Insect Pipe-Dreams

From Chansi Long, I learn about retired mechanic, Leroy Mize who has turned to creating insect sculptures in his retirement. His medium, old pipe wrenches, is familiar from his years of work as a mechanic. Each wrench is fitted with … Continue reading

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Camouflage Crystal Color

The Diamond Weevil, Entimus imperialis, inhabits Southwest Brazil. Its name comes from the brilliant green diamond spots on its body. The color is not a pigment, but a structural color. A group of Dutch Scientists* has been measuring the reflective … Continue reading

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Flying While Impaired?

Rhinoceros Beetles are noted for the long horns present in male beetles. The horns are used for defending territory and a male with a longer horn can usually best a male with a shorter horn and thus be more likely … Continue reading

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Living With Tansy Beetles

The Tansy Beetle is a beautiful metallic beetle in Britain that is endangered because its habitat has been reduced by human development. As discussed in a post last year, the beetle survives only in a 30 km stretch of the … Continue reading

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Living With Red Bay Ambrosia Beetle

Much of the Midwest and East Coast is concerned with Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle that is methodically killing all the ash trees in North America. Although it is currently the most devastating pest, the Emerald Ash Borer is not … Continue reading

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Air Potato Beetles

The Air Potato, Dioscorea bulbifera, is a plant in the Yam Family (Dioscoreaceae) not a true potato (Family Solanaceae). The Air Potato is a native of Asia, that has made its way to North America. In Africa, the Air Potato … Continue reading

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