Monthly Archives: January 2017

Living With Snow

Not all insects are inactive in winter in the temperate zone. In areas with snow cover, there are insect species adapted to life on top of the snow such as Snow Fleas (Collembola) and other species adapted to sub-nivean habitats … Continue reading

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Living With Insect Museums

The American Museum of Natural History is planning an expansion that will include a new insectarium and 21000 square foot collections core. The addition will house a butterfly and insect vivarium and workshop space for activities. The multiyear project is … Continue reading

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Stay At Home Stoneflies

Capnia lacustra is a flightless species of stonefly only found in Lake Tahoe. It feeds on Chara, or skunkweed, a type of algae. Why do insects become flightless? Loss of wings occurs when insects that do not fly away from … Continue reading

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We know that parasites and infectious agents can have a large effect on the populations and distributions of terrestrial insects. What effect do they have on aquatic insects? This question is more difficult to study in aquatic insects due to … Continue reading

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Getting Religiosa

Entomologists from Latvia have named Mantis religiosa as the insect of the year. The European mantid is not historically associated with Latvia. The line demarcating the northern distribution in Europe is south of Latvia. However the European mantid has proved¬†flexible … Continue reading

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Living With Protected Pollinators

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has added the Rusty Patch Bumble Bee, Bombus affinis, to the endangered species list. The species is reduced to small populations in 13 northern states including Indiana. Its habitat is tallgrass prairie and grasslands … Continue reading

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Return of the Gypsy Moth

Like zombies that never die, gypsy moths are back on the Purdue campus. Gypsy moths were first reported in 2013 in an area known as Duhme Woods. In 2014, the State of Indiana conducted a gypsy moth eradication program. Eradication … Continue reading

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