Monthly Archives: January 2013

Living With Lobate Lac Scale

The Lobate Lac Scale, Paratachardina pseudolobata, is an invasive species that has been a pest in Florida since 1999. It has recently spread to Hawaii on the island of Oahu where it is responsible for demise of valuable trees (See … Continue reading

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Bees Make News

The news often ignores insects including bees. However, one aggressive swarm got the attention of a Florida News Crew (See video). Cameras are now miniature and can be mounted on drones (the remote control airplane kind, not the male bee), … Continue reading

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Living With Insect Pollinators

Legs of insect pollinators have features adapted to gripping the surface of a flower. These adaptations include sticky pads on the end of the leg (tarsal pads) or terminal claws. Unfortunately for the plant (which needs pollination) and the insect … Continue reading

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Living With Insect Wings

Insects were the first animals to fly. The evolutionary origin of wings remains a mystery, but we know a lot about wing formation during development from studies of insects such as Drosophila flies. The larvae of Drosophila are wingless maggots. … Continue reading

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Toxicity Assessment Using Insects

Nano-fabrication using minute nano-particles (particles between 1 and 10,000 nanometers in size) offers the enticing promise of creating useful products. However, any technology can have unintended effects that must be addressed. Nano-particles are no exception. All substances have a toxic … Continue reading

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Living With Bedbugs

The numbers are out and bed bug treatments in the US have increased again in the past year. Orkin has released the number of treatments in each of the cities they service. Chicago is now #1, and Detroit #2 in … Continue reading

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Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: Insulting Caterpillars

In last week’s Cat-erpillar blogging, I noted the use of the Shakespeare insult, “Caterpillars of the Commonwealth”. The insult does not get much modern use, because too few understand the metaphor. In literature, it is possible to insults one’s characters … Continue reading

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