Monthly Archives: August 2013

Ester Moth

The Geometer moths are known for the patterns that are continuous across the fore and hind wings and match perfectly when the wings are held outstretched at rest. The Ester Moth, Hypagyrtis esther, has color patterns that are cryptic when … Continue reading

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Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: Hair

The cabbage white butterfly is the most common butterfly in Indiana. An invasive species, it is a pest of cabbages and is is not controlled adequately by diseases, predators and parasitoids. Cabbage worm caterpillars are defended by tiny glandular hairs … Continue reading

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Living With Sweat Bees

Sweat Bees of the Family, Halictidae are common in North America. They derive their name from salt collection behavior, landing on people and drinking salty sweat from the skin. However, their primary food is pollen. Bees evolved from predatory wasps … Continue reading

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Living With Computer Photography

A news feature on insect photography by Francis Prior or Great Britain caught my eye for the stunning photographs. Insects are small and difficult to photograph. Photographic lenses offer a tradeoff between magnification and depth of field. It is difficult … Continue reading

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Living With Aphid Virus Transmission

Blood sucking insects are responsible for substantial virus and disease transmission in animals. Plant sucking insects are responsible for substantial virus and disease transmission in plants. Aphids feed by inserting their sucking mouthparts into the phloem of their host plant. … Continue reading

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Zabulon Skipper

I was walking along a sunlit trail through a wooded area and saw overhead, four male skippers battling for territory next to the trail. The group soon broke off and the male pictured below perched on a leaf at the … Continue reading

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Living With Garden Plots

The garden plots on the Purdue campus are at one end of a large grassy field used for intramural athletics. In addition to vegetables, some gardeners grow flowers. The flowers are an oasis in the middle of a “grass desert” … Continue reading

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