Monthly Archives: December 2013

Oregon Bumblebee Kill Resolution

The case of the massive (50,000) bumblebee kill in Oregon has been settled. The court ruled that the bumblebees were killed by improper pesticide application. The pesticide, dinotefutan, was to blame. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) found that: 1) … Continue reading

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Living With Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a virus native to Africa. There have been several outbreaks of the disease in other parts of the world including Micronesia in the Pacific and Saint Martin in the Caribbean. CDC has issued travel alerts. There was an … Continue reading

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Woodpeckers to the Rescue?

Recent studies have determined that woodpeckers are finding and consuming large numbers of Emerald Ash Borers. In one study, woodpeckers consumed up to 85 percent of the Emerald Ash Borers in a tree. However, the downside is that woodpeckers are … Continue reading

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Wagging the Tail

Stoneflies belong to the Polyneoptera, a group noted for incomplete metamorphosis. Many of the characters are primitive including the presence of caudal filaments. The primary function is sensory. The mechanoreceptors detect predator attacks form behind. They are also useful for … Continue reading

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Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: Food Quality

Caterpillars are picky eaters. Most feed on a limited number of plant species. For example, Monarchs only feed on plants in the milkweed family. However, some plant species may be better food for the caterpillar than others. Ecologists want to … Continue reading

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Amino Acids and Milkweed Bugs

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Amino acids come in two forms, an “L” form and a “D” form. They are mirror images of each other the same way that your left hand is the mirror image of … Continue reading

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Do the Dew

Dew is created by water vapor in the air condensing on a cold surface. If the temperature is such that the rate of condensation is greater than the rate of evaporation, dew drops appear. Insect exoskeleton can collect dew drops … Continue reading

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