Monthly Archives: April 2013

Living With Crane Flies

To most people, crane flies resemble “giant mosquitoes”. They are attracted to lights and are among the early insects of spring. About 15,000 crane fly species have been identified and larvae have diverse habitats from aquatic to semi aquatic. Most … Continue reading

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How Low Can They Go?

Fairyflies are parasitic wasps that are among the smallest known insects. Huber and Noyes* described a new species of Fairyfly, Tinkerbella nana, from Costa Rica. The tiny wasp was found in sweep net samples of vegetation. Only the adults are … Continue reading

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Spring Insects

Spring 2013 in Indiana has been cool. Insect activity is delayed. Many of the insects active in early spring will overwinter as adults. This includes water striders (Gerridae) that can be seen skating along the surface of small streams. Most … Continue reading

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Living With Small Carpenter Bees

So far, Spring 2013 in Indiana is below normal temperatures; much cooler than the well above normal temperatures of Spring 2012. Many trees are only now leafing and many flowers have yet to bloom. Those flowers that are blooming are … Continue reading

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Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: A Nutritious Breakfast?

Caterpillars start life as an egg on a leaf. Many species have been observed to consume the chorion (egg shell) which is primarily made of protein. The chorion is assumed to be a better source of protein than the plant. … Continue reading

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Living With Biological Control

Insects indoors? Many people dislike the concept. When Asian Lady Beetles first arrived, Entomologists received countless homeowner complaints and requests for information. With the passage of time, people have learned how to live with them. Complaints and questions have diminished. … Continue reading

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Living With Total Release Foggers

Total Release Foggers (EPA speak for Bug Bombs) are aerosol containers designed to control insects by fumigating interior rooms. The bug bombs typically contain a liquid that produces the aerosol droplets and pyrethrin or pyrethroid insecticides. In many instances, these … Continue reading

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