Category Archives: behavior

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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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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Living With Nests

Ants and termites both build nests. The nests must house a queen and the many attendant workers and brood. The general structure of the nest, chambers connected by tunnels, is similar due to the similar needs of social insect colonies. … Continue reading

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Rushing the Season

It is still winter in Indiana with snow on the ground but Spring will be here soon. Many gardeners bring plants indoors for the winter and set them outside during the summer. The outdoor plants can have insects on them … Continue reading

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