Category Archives: Environment

Living With Endangered Species

The Large Blue Butterfly, Phengaris arion, was declared extinct in the UK in 1979. Populations still existed in Europe and its reintroduction from those populations has been successful. The UK is now thought to have the largest population of Large Blue … Continue reading

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Living With Caddisfly Pupae

The insect groups with the greatest number of species all have complete metamorphosis. This is as true with aquatic insects as terrestrial insects. The group with the largest number of aquatic species is the Diptera (Flies). Although dragonflies and mayflies … Continue reading

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The Ants In The Coal Mine

Coal mining brings coal to the surface along with many of the toxic metals and minerals that are buried in the earth. Heavy metals can be toxic to insects as well as people. Two species of ants, Cataglyphis longipedem and … Continue reading

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Welcome Back, Ishikawatrechus intermedius

Ishikawatrechus intermedius is a blind cave beetle first found in the cave Ôchi-dô, Kôchi Prefecture, Japan. Cave species can become adapted to life in a cave and lose the ability to travel outside the cave. When this happens, mating with … Continue reading

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Living With Degree Days

Insects do not maintain a constant temperature.  Insect body temperature varies with ambient temperature.  Insect rate of growth and development is proportional to temperature. Below a minimum temperature, there is no development. Above the minimum temperature (Developmental Threshold), the growth rate … Continue reading

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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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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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