Monthly Archives: March 2017

Protecting Endangered Species

Species on the Endangered Species List are protected from harm by human activities intentional or unintentional. When companies operate in areas that contain endangered species, the companies must develop a plan that will minimize the harm or potential harm to … Continue reading

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Together As One

The parasitic wasp, Chelonus inanitus, relies on viruses to successfully colonize its hosts. When the wasp injects eggs into its host, the eggs are accompanied by viruses. The viruses selectively colonize the cells of the host immune system and destroy … Continue reading

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Living With Formosan Termites

Formosan termites have infested the Gulf Coast of the US since the late 1940s when they hitched a ride on solid wooden packing used to crate returning military equipment. Formosan termites are a threat to wooden structure in New Orleans … Continue reading

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Grow, Expand, Remodel

Cornitermes cumulus is a neotropical termite that builds mounds more than a meter high. An average of over 300 mounds per hectare are found in pastures, cultivated lands and Savannas in Brazil and Paraguay. How are tiny insects able to … Continue reading

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Living With Arboreal Termites

New Guinea contains many interesting species of tropical insects including arboreal species of termites. Rather than building nests on the ground, these termites build nests on the trunks and limbs of trees. These termites can be found infesting coconut plantations. … Continue reading

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Monarchs Move North

Monarch Butterflies have left their overwintering site in Mexico and are now reaching Texas. The good news is the warm and rainy weather in Texas this year has produced large numbers of flowering plants that are sources of nectar and … Continue reading

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Living With Termite Nests

The Eastern Subterranean Termite, Reticulotermes flavipes, is one of the most destructive termite pests in the US. This termite builds multiple interconnected galleries in wood.  When nesting in a wooden structure, multiple interconnected galleries require substantially more chewing of the wood … Continue reading

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