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.

Living With Amino Acid Balance

Amino acids are limiting nutrients for growth, development, reproduction and fecundity of most insects. Many insects are adapted to grow and develop on foods that are deficient in essential amino acids or diets with protein and amino acid content far less … Continue reading

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Living With Cricket King Cake

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 28, 2017 and New Orleans prepared. The festival features parades with floats, music and exotic cuisine. A Mardi Gras favorite is king cake with its traditional purple, gold and green sprinkles. This year (2017) the … Continue reading

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Amusing the Bumblebees

What are the limits of learning in bees with their tiny bee brains? Bees are known to be able to learn complex cognitive tasks. Can bees be taught to perform tasks not encountered in daily life such as playing soccer?

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Living With Gut Microbes

All animals have microbes in the gut. Some animals have dozens of different bacteria, but others have only a few. The typical honey bee adult worker has in its gut about 1 billion bacteria but only 8 types. These bacteria … Continue reading

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Keeping An Open Channel

In plants, most sugar is transported in the phloem passing through units stacked the length of the plant called sieve tubes. Each sieve tube contains valves that can open or block flow of sugar.  The valves are formed by proteins … Continue reading

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Living With Nutrient Monitoring

The kissing bug, Rodnius prolixus, feeds on the blood of mammals including humans. It is called the kissing bug after its habit of feeding on saliva. Rhodnius requires a blood meal in each immature stage. Laboratory studies of Rhodnius have … Continue reading

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Living With Black Soldier Flies

Black soldier flies are attracting substantial interest for their activity as composters, animal and fish feed. Livestock operations have waste that attracts nuisance flies. Black soldier flies can compete for the same food but are not pests as adults. Replacing the … Continue reading

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