Monthly Archives: March 2013

Living With Rickettsia felis

Numerous bacteria in the genus Rickettsia are known to be transmitted by arthropods that bite humans such as ticks, fleas and lice. Human infections with these diseases are not common and as the Center for Disease Control notes, rickettsial diseases … Continue reading

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Insect Acrobatics

The Jumping Bristletails are small wingless insects that can jump into the air. They jump by flexing the thorax downward and pushing off the ground with their abdomen. This motion somersaults the insect into the air. In the leaping phase, … Continue reading

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Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging

Many plants produce toxic chemicals that make them unsuitable for general consumption. However, if an insect that can tolerate or detoxify the plant defenses, it can have the advantage of an abundant food source and little competition. Wild parsnip produces … Continue reading

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The Model Crane Fly

Crane flies, Family Tipulidae, have large wingspans. They are attracted to lights and sometimes trapped in houses. These large insects are commonly mistaken (by non-entomologists) for overgrown mosquitoes. They are harmless and do not bite humans or transmit diseases. In … Continue reading

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A Bee and Not A Bee

Flies in the family Syrphidae are known as “hover” flies and many are mimics of bees and wasps. In the 1930s, the resemblence of the Pantagonian hover fly, Aneriophora aureorufa to a local bumblebee Bombus dahlbomii was reported by Shannon … Continue reading

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Living With Deer Fly Allergy

Deer flies are my least favorite insects. In Indiana, they are a common nuisance. More personally, every summer I had a deer flies in my yard that would perch on my crab apple tree in anticipation of my walk down … Continue reading

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Living With Scrub Typhus

The US military during World War II encountered a number of arthropod vectored diseases not native to the United States. Entomologists and medical officers needed to quickly learn the biology of the pest or methods that would reduce disease transmission. … Continue reading

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