Monthly Archives: July 2016

Protesting With Insects

Activists upset with the arrest of immigrants at London food restaurants¬†retaliated by releasing locusts, crickets, and cockroaches at two restaurants last Friday. The restaurants closed, but reopened Saturday after a slight delay as the establishments were treated with insecticides by … Continue reading

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Pollinating With Flies

Flowering plants are associated with bees in our popular culture. Flowers primarily pollinated by bees often have bright colors and a sweet odor. However, many other insects such as flies are important pollinators . Flowers primarily pollinated by flies produce … Continue reading

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Living With Dog Day Cicadas

The Dog Day Cicadas emerge as adults during the dog days of summer and begin serenading. In much of the midwestern US, cicadas provide the loudest background sounds. There are many species of cicada, all singing different songs and sometimes … Continue reading

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Living With Tachinids

At our 2016 Butterfly Encounter, we observed many large, black flies visiting flowers. Their flight and behavior is similar to bumblebees and they are easily mistaken. ¬†They are Tachinid flies in the Genus Leschenaultia. They are parasitoids of caterpillars and … Continue reading

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Living With Snails

Gardeners often think of snails and caterpillars eating their plants because almost all of the over 150,000 or so species of caterpillars eat plants. However, an odd assortment of about 200 caterpillars do not eat plants. They are predators on … Continue reading

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Insects As Feed

Commercial food production in the US and Canada is tightly regulated. The appearance of problems such as Mad Cow Disease that can be transmitted in animal feed have reinforced the importance of testing and research into effects of feed on … Continue reading

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Living With Blackness II

Black colors in insects can be important to the appearance of insects and their visual communication. Many aposematic (warning coloration) insects have the color black combined with red, orange or yellow. Black outlines around a region of bright color can … Continue reading

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