Category Archives: by jjneal

Pump It Up

Butterfly mouthparts are long tubes that can be inserted into the narrow channels formed by flowers to reach a nectar reward. Flying or walking while dragging an extended tube would be awkward. Packaging the mouthparts into a tightly coiled tube … Continue reading

Posted in by jjneal, Environment, Taxonomy | 1 Comment

Living On Nectar

Many butterflies visit flowers to obtain nectar, a fluid produced by flowers that contains sugars and other nutrients. Flowers often restrict access to nectar by their shape. A long tube such as the proboscis of a butterfly is necessary to … Continue reading

Posted in behavior, by jjneal, Taxonomy | 1 Comment

Know Your Insects

Firefighters in Hamburg, Germany were called to an historic church by reports of smoke rising from the building. Upon arrival, the firefighters found no smoke and no fire. What they did find was a swarm of gnats above the roof … Continue reading

Posted in by jjneal, Environment, Taxonomy | Leave a comment

Living With Antarctic Insects

Humans have been living on the continent of Antarctica for decades in bases heated to temperatures that support human life. Those conditions also support insects associated with human habitation. The house fly is now a permanent resident of Antarctica living … Continue reading

Posted in by jjneal, Environment, Invasive Species | 1 Comment

Summer Bug Reading for Children

Amazon.com has many catagories of best including Best-Sellers-Books-Childrens-Bug-Spider. The top seller is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Amazon.com lists books, not stories and the “board book” version is #1, different hardcover versions are #11 & #12 and the … Continue reading

Posted in by jjneal, Literature | 1 Comment

Regulating Insect Collection

Insect collecting has been a popular hobby and a staple of K12 biology programs. Collecting and curation equipment such as nets and insect pins are relatively inexpensive and many collecting devices are home made. Insect collecting connects students with nature, … Continue reading

Posted in by jjneal, Education, Environment, News, Policy | 1 Comment

Living With Ornamental Plants

Ornamental plants that stay green in the winter can be aesthetically pleasing additions to office spaces, coffee shops and foyers. Sitting next to a Florida palm tree can trigger memories of a tropical vacation. What could go wrong? Inspectors in … Continue reading

Posted in by jjneal, Health, Invasive Species, News, Pest Management | 1 Comment