Monthly Archives: July 2013

Bugs, Bites and Parasites

For those who like a good horror show, the Discovery Channel will air a documentary, Bugs, Bites and Parasites, that includes horror stories of insect parasites. One vignette involves a British traveler who had headaches on return from a trip … Continue reading

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Don’t Move Firewood (or Furniture?)

For many years in the US, Campers have been told, “Don’t Move Firewood”. The reason is clear. Wood boring insect pests can be moved hundreds of miles and start an infestation in a new area to the consternation of those … Continue reading

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Welcome, Caurinus tlagu

Caurinus tlagu is a snow scorpionfly newly described by Derek S. Sikes & Jill Stockbridge* from Prince Wales Island in Alaska. The find is unusual as only the second species known from this genus. The only other Caurinus species is … Continue reading

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame II

Any sport played outdoors in summer will have insect visitors. Baseball gets its share of visitors from Mayflies in Pittsburg to swarms of gnats. Last week, a dragonfly made a splash by landing on the hat of the Mets Pitcher … Continue reading

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Don’t Try This At Home

Thursday, July 11, 2013, a 4 story brick building in New York City’s Chinatown partially collapsed. No, it wasn’t termite damage. It was improper use of insecticide foggers, colloquially known as “Bug Bombs”. I have previously posted, here and here, … Continue reading

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Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: Fluorescent Silk

Silk from silkworms has been an important textile biomaterial for thousands of years. Silk can be dyed to produce colors and patterns. However, natural silk comes in one basic color: white. A group of Japanese scientists* have added color to … Continue reading

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Monarchs Chill Out

Monarch migration is one of the wonders of North America. Every Fall hundreds of thousands of Monarchs begin a journey to overwintering sites in Mexico. The Monarchs spend several months in Mexico, then start the journey north. The Fall migration … Continue reading

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