Category Archives: Environment

Living With Madagascar Silk

Caterpillars of the silk moth, Bombyx mori, are the most common species used for silk production.  Thousands of years of selection have created an insect that can efficiently produce silk. However, all caterpillars produce silk and some other species are used for … Continue reading

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Spring Dragonflies

The Common Whitetail Dragonfly, Libellula lydia, has a long activity period. Whitetails can be active in Indiana as early as April and some are still flying late into September and early October. Whitetails rest on the ground to hunt for prey. … Continue reading

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Living With Grain Storage Pests

Grain elevators are used to store grain for future shipment. Large concentrations of grain in protected conditions create an ecosystem for insect colonization. The pests vary with geography, but many pests are distributed globally, having made their way around the … Continue reading

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Recycling With Insects

I recently posted about the ability of some beetles to grow and develop on polystyrene. A report from Pune, India adds wax moths to the list of plastic consuming insects. Humans produce much plastic waste that contains useful nutrients and energy … Continue reading

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The 2017 Cicada Mystery

This year periodic cicadas are emerging across Maryland and Washington, DC. The last large emergence in Maryland was Brood X in 2004. Brood X is expected to emerge in 2021. Brood VI emerged in NC, TN and GA earlier this … Continue reading

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Picture on the Wing

The Black Onion Fly, aka the Onion bulb maggot, Tritoxa flexa, has been reported in North American entomological publications dating to the 1865. The black onion fly is mentioned as an occasional pest of onions that can cause some damage … Continue reading

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Living With Spider Silk

Spiders produce a variety of silks that can be classified into 7 distinct types: Major Ampullate, Minor Ampullate, Pyriform, Aciniform, Flagelliform, Tubuliform and Viscous Aggregate. The silks are produced in separate glands for special purposes. Major Ampullate silk is used … Continue reading

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