Early Pollinators

Blue Bottle Fly

Blue Bottle Fly

Warm weather in Tippecanoe County, Indiana has brought substantial insect activity. This week temperatures are in the high 70s with lows in the 50s. The Cabbage White Butterflies are active, presumably feeding on wild hosts in the cabbage family and have been sighted for several weeks. Trees are now in bloom and attracting early insect pollinators: bees and flies. Flies arrest development when temperatures cool, and resume growth as it warms. Many have short development times that allows them to feed on the early flowers without as much competition.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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