Monthly Archives: July 2013

Eastern-Tailed Blue

The results from our butterfly count of Saturday, July 20, 2013 are now posted. The number of individuals was much higher than 2012, a drought year. Eastern Tailed-Blue, Cupido comyntas, was present in large numbers, including the mating pair pictured … Continue reading

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Living With Insects In Foreclosed Houses

The US still suffers from the aftermath of the housing bubble collapse. During the bubble, many houses sold for far more than their worth. After the housing bubble prices collapsed, many owners who owed more money than the house was … Continue reading

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Living With Bees

Bees are known to make hives inside the walls of homes. Typically, they find an access point from the outside, then build the nest over time. A hive can contain tens of thousands of bees and pounds of honey. Have … Continue reading

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Creative Cicada Cooking

The mass emergence of cicadas on the East Coast of North America has provided a lot of “local food” and opportunity for creative chefs to experiment with new dishes. Blue Ribbon Hunter films Chef Bun Lai preparing smoked spicy cicada. … Continue reading

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Living With Insect Allergies

The death of an Atlanta woman puts a spotlight on allergies to insect stings. The woman had a past experience with anaphylaxis following a fire ant sting. She took care to avoid fire ants, but the ants are prevalent in … Continue reading

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Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: Missing Monarchs

Populations of Monarch Butterflies have been low in West Central Indiana for the past 2 years. 2012 was a drought year with overall low numbers of butterflies during our butterfly count. Only 2 Monarchs were recorded, less than 1 percent … Continue reading

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Tippecanoe Butterfly Encounter

This Saturday, July 20, 2013, I will be at the Evonik Nature Center for the Tippecanoe Butterfly Encounter. This is the tenth year for this activity, which began in 2004. The number of species has been relatively consistent, with a … Continue reading

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