Monthly Archives: June 2015

Living With White Wings

The color patterns of wings of butterflies are created by a mosaic of scales, each with its own color. A scale is a modified hair, a secretion of the underlying cell. Some scales have structural colors that are produced by … Continue reading

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Living With Bed Bug Attractants

A group of scientists* have reported the discovery of a mix of chemicals that lure bed bugs into a trap. This discovery opens the possibility of detecting bed bug populations in the early stages of an infestation by strategic trap … Continue reading

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Free To Travel

Butterflies are admired for their free and seemingly effortless flight. They are an inspiration to those who long to travel or embark on a life’s journey. Russian-born artist, Vladimir Kush captures the beauty, emotions and hope for the journey in … Continue reading

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Choosing a Host Plant

The Comma Butterfly, Polygonia c-album, is one of the most polyphagous butterfly species. Butterflies frequently lay eggs, grow and develop on only a small number of plant species. Butterflies typically find host plants through visual or olfactory cues. For a … Continue reading

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Soaring Butterflies

An engineer asked me if butterflies can use thermals and air currents to help them fly. The answer is yes. Both the Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, and the Mourning Cloak Butterfly, Nyphalis antiopa, have been observed to gain altitude on … Continue reading

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Fossils of Florissant

The Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument near Florissant, Colorado is a destination for people interested in insect fossils. About 34 million years ago, a volcano in what is now Guffy, Colorado erupted spewing ash over the countryside to the east. … Continue reading

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Living With Green Bottle Fly

The common green bottle fly, Lucilia sericata is known for its importance in forensic entomology and the use of the larvae in treatment of difficult to heal wounds. Lucilia sericata is also an important plant pollinator that visits flowers to … Continue reading

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