Monthly Archives: February 2014

Friday Caterpillar Blogging: Thread Climbing

Some caterpillars escape predators by attaching themselves to a leaf with a silk thread and dropping off the leaf. They can remain suspended in midair by their lifeline, a position more advantangeous than to plummeting all the way to the … Continue reading

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Nairobi Fly

The Nairobi Fly is not a fly and does not fly. It is a rove beetle in the genus, Paederus. Travelers to tropical areas of Africa and Asia may encouter these beetles. Iserson and Walton* describe a case report of … Continue reading

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Coffee Berry Borer

The Coffee Berry Borer, Hypothenemus hampei, is one of the most important pests of coffee. This pest increases the cost of your cup of coffee. Scientists have been studying the biology of the The Coffee Berry Borer to search for … Continue reading

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Insects and Climate Change

Our climate is becoming warmer and this change can have profound effects on ecosystems. In the mountain west region of the United States, from Colorado in the Southeast to Washington in the Northwest, outbreaks of Mountain Pine Beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae, … Continue reading

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New Species of Rove Beetle

Stylianos Chatzimanolis recently described a new species of rove beetle among unidentified beetles in specimens borrowed from the Natural History Museum (London). In a paper published in Zookeys* (Link to pdf) he writes: Upon further inspection, I realized that the … Continue reading

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Ants and Anthropomorphism

Ants are popular insects to depict in animated films. Ants are familiar to all and are social. Animators often use these traits as inspiration, but then create a story and characters that minimally depict ant biology. The animated French film, … Continue reading

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Avoiding Bed Bugs Gets Harder

The resurgence of bed bugs after decades of hiatus has made consumers think twice about used furniture. Many people buy new mattresses rather than risk a bed bug infestation from a used one. That strategy may have more risk than … Continue reading

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