Monthly Archives: May 2015

Long-Legged Flies

My trip to Colorado in May 2015 was highlighted by rain every day, 2 hail storms, cool to snowy weather and too early for most insect activity. One exception was a pond in Gunnison, Colorado that had activity in spite … Continue reading

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Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle in a Cool Spring

The Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle, Cincindela sexgutta overwinters as an adult in the leaf litter or inside rotting logs. They need a warm body temperature (about 32 degrees C) to be most efficient hunting prey. April 2015 in West Lafayette had … Continue reading

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Eastern Ash Borer

Ash is not only attacked by emerald ash borer. On my trip to Boulder, Colorado, bark peels of ash branches uncovered galleries and adults of Eastern Ash Borer, Hylesinus aculeatus, in addition to Emerald Ash Borer. The Eastern Ash Borer … Continue reading

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Sampling For Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer larvae have cryptic habits.  They tunnel beneath the bark of ash trees leaving little outward signs other than small D-shaped exit holes. Larger populations cause much damage that leads to decline of the tree.  However, once a … Continue reading

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Go West Young Beetle

The Emerald Ash Borer has spread from its point of introduction in Michigan to the East Coast in less than 2 decades. It is now spreading west at a rapid rate. In Boulder, CO this month, I observed first hand the … Continue reading

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Don’t Move Emerald Ash Borer

The ash trees in West Lafayette are in severe decline. All the ash trees along US 52, a major highway show severe ash borer damage. Today I parked my car under a damaged ash tree with my windows cracked while … Continue reading

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Springtail Scales

Many Collembola (Springtails) are covered with scales, secretions of the epidermis that in some cases cover the body. The function of the scales is an open question. Functions may differ among springtails that have biological differences. Collembola taxonomists use the … Continue reading

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