Author Archives: jjneal

About jjneal

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.

Life Is Cheap

South Korean born artist Anicka Yi is winner of a Hugo Boss Prize for contemporary art. Her work appears in New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from April 21 to July 5, 2017. As explained in a feature about the … Continue reading

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Living With Shot Hole Borer

West Coast trees in the US are being attacked by shot hole borers. The beetles are in the genus, Euwallacea that insect biologists suspect* is a multi-species complex rather than a single species. The Tea Shot Hole Borer, Euwallacea fornicatus, is an invasive … Continue reading

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Living With Chitin

Chitin is a polysaccharide that is a major component of arthropod cuticle. Chitin is ubiquitous and the second most abundant polysaccharide on our planet next to cellulose. Molted exoskeletons, dead insects and mites can litter our environment with chitin dust. … Continue reading

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Power for the Jump

Froghoppers can jump large distances compared to their height. Some species can generate a jumping force that is 400 times their body mass. How do they generate the force? Froghoppers have a complex structure, the pleural arch, that links the … Continue reading

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Urban Bee Keeper Revival

Bees are incredibly interesting social animals. A renewed interest in bees and beekeeping has led to the formation of bee keeping collectives that maintain apiaries in urban areas. One of the first was BurghBees in Pittsburg, PA. The collective has … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Lice Watch

Head lice are a public health issue and requires participation from the public to be effective. If all groups are engaged in checking and eliminating head lice, then the public will experience reduction in risk of infestation. The most effective … Continue reading

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The Global Honey Bee

Bee keeping is global. The honey bee, Apis mellifera is not native to North America. It was intentionally introduced by Europeans who migrated to North America. Ever since, there has been movement of honey bees between Europe and many parts … Continue reading

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