Category Archives: behavior

Butterfly Wing Reflections

Cabbage White Butterflies will fly until late in autumn and may begin flight during late winter in Indiana.  This May, cabbage butterflies are active in spite of cool to cold temperatures.   To fly efficiently, butterflies need to warm their … Continue reading

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Aphids and Plumbing

Plants transport sugary phloem through cells called sieve tubes. Like an oil pipeline, the sieve tubes will automatically block the flow if the sieve tube is punctured. This limits the amount of sap that leaks from a stem when it … Continue reading

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Living Under Water

Many insects have larvae that are aquatic but an adult that is terrestrial. Until early in the 20th Century, it was widely assumed that no adult insect could live under water for sustained periods. The French Biologist, F. Brocher, changed these beliefs … Continue reading

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Politicians and Pond Skaters

Usually, when a pundit compares a politician to an insect, flattery is not intended. The NYTimes David Brooks writes about “a political pond skater — one of those little creatures that flit across the surface, sort of fascinating to watch, … Continue reading

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Spit It Out

Larvae of the turnip sawfly Athalia rosaeare chemically defended against predators such as tree frog. A naive tree frog will pick up the sawfly larva with its tongue and bring it into its mouth. The sawfly releases hemolymph, both toxic … Continue reading

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Admirals of April

The population of Red Admirals has greatly increased during the past week in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The Red Admiral does not overwinter in Indiana but migrates from the south. In 2012, a warmer than usual spring, we had flocks of … Continue reading

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The Easter Cockroach

Easter is the “egg” holiday when the Easter Bunny brings colored eggs to all the good girls and boys. The bad boys and girls, who leave food on the table, in the sink and on the floor, get a visit … Continue reading

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