Category Archives: by jjneal

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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Living With Nature Drawings

The printing press made images widely available to the public in the 17th century. Drawings of animals were popular, especially those that accurately captured details of insect life history. Drawings such as the one at left convey information about lifecycle, … Continue reading

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Living With Little Heads

The heads of insects are orders of magnitude smaller than the heads of even the smallest mammal. Many functional organs and tissues must fit in a limited space. The cuticle covering the compounds eyes doubles as both lens to focus light and … Continue reading

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Living With Dragonfly Power

Insect wings are flexible without being flaccid. They change shape when air pressure is applied. The ability to bend the wings can change the direction of pressure forces on the wing. Flexible wings can bend in ways that improve thrust without … Continue reading

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Living With Almond Production

California almond trees are in bloom from February through early March. To produce an almond, each flower must be visited by a honey bee or other pollinator. It is estimated that as many as two thirds of all the commercial … Continue reading

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Living With “Dirty” Water

Honey bees do not prefer their water too clean. Like many herbivorous insects, honey bees do not get enough sodium by eating pollen and nectar. They prefer water that contains sodium over deionized water.  Sodium is commonly found in mud … Continue reading

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A Hairy Entanglement

The larvae of the ant Camponotus floridanus, have bodies that are covered with curly hairs. When larvae contact each other, their hairs interlock causing the larvae to clump. The hairs also allow the larvae to avoid drowning.  Camponotus larvae will float … Continue reading

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