Monthly Archives: October 2014

Friday Caterpillar Blogging: Cotton Caterpillar

The Cotton Leafworm, Alabama argillacea, was at one time the most serious pest of cotton in the US. The caterpillars eat the leaves of cotton. Early season feeding can reduce the cotton yield. Cotton Leafworm is not native to the … Continue reading

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Small World

The end of October approaches and that means winners of the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicroscopy Contest will be announced. Every year, several images of insects and other arthropods compete (my favorites). The contest showcases microscopic techneques. Stacking is commonly … Continue reading

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Producing the Proboscis

The proboscis of the butterfly is formed during the pupa stage. The lobes (galea) of the maxillae (middle mouthparts) extend and are formed as two separate half tubes. When the butterfly emerges from its chrysalis, each half of the proboscis … Continue reading

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Why DEET Repels Mosquitoes

The mosquito repellent DEET was discovered by testing large numbers of chemicals for mosquito repellent properties. Why it is effective was not understood until many years later. DEET is known to interact with olfactory receptors in the mosquito antenna and … Continue reading

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Butterfly Proboscis

The butterfly proboscis (feeding tube) is a cellular structure that is covered with cuticle. The cuticle contains the protein resilin, one of the most elastic proteins investigated. The proboscis can be stretched by the contration of muscles in the base … Continue reading

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Beetle Brunch

When I was little, my mother would make pancakes on Sunday morning. Bunny Pancakes with ears and a tail were a big hit. Why settle for bunnies when you can make beetles? Artist Nathan Shields demonstrates in the YouTube Video … Continue reading

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A Matter of Taste

Efforts to understand nervous systems and basic functions such as taste discrimination often turn to insects that have systems that can be more readily explored and manipulated. Drosophila melanogaster has taste receptors in both its mouthparts and on the ends … Continue reading

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