Monthly Archives: January 2017

Aphids and Syrphids, Living With Ants

Hover fly larvae, like most fly larvae are maggots and relatively sedentary.  Female hover flies lay eggs on plants with aphids, the primary food of predatory hover fly larvae. If aphid populations are adequate, development and survival to the pupa … Continue reading

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Illustrating the Insect Brain

Ramon y Cahal is considered the “Father of Neuroscience”. He was passionate about the inner workings of the brain and sought to better understand the human condition by understanding the brain. Ramon y Cahal was a superb histologist and illustrator … Continue reading

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Living With Apple Maggot

Apple maggots are pests of apples in the Eastern United States where active control measures are necessary.  Apple maggots overwinter as pupae, lay eggs on apples in summer and pupate in the soil in fall. The apple maggot can develop … Continue reading

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Zika Update January 2017

Zika Virus is becoming old news that drops from public consciousness. However, Zika is still in the US and is still being locally transmitted in Florida despite spraying and efforts at eradication. Florida has the second highest number of reported … Continue reading

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Do Not Mow or Spray

The State of Indiana has announced a new conservation program called CORRIDORS (Conservation On Rivers and Roadways Intended to Develop Opportunities for Resources and Species). The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has 3 partner agencies, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), USDA … Continue reading

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Living With Antennae

Millipedes, like insects have a single pair of antennae on the head. The antennae can be tucked away when the millipede is curled in a defensive position or extended to the front and sides to receive sensory information when the … Continue reading

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Hang on for the Ride

Some millipede species will practice a form of mate guarding.  The male remains with the female, riding on her back until her eggs have been laid.   To avoid dislodgment, male millipedes must cling to the smooth surface of the female. … Continue reading

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