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Cleaning Bees

From the NYTimes: https://static01.nyt.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000005089002

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Celebrating Insects and Culture

In mid April, Mexico City has the Festín de Insectos Comestibles. Over 5 thousand people visit to taste the roasted maguey worms, crispy beetle bonbons and mosquito-egg tacos. The festival offers a chance to recognize the folk wisdom of women … Continue reading

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Living With Shot Hole Borer

West Coast trees in the US are being attacked by shot hole borers. The beetles are in the genus, Euwallacea that insect biologists suspect* is a multi-species complex rather than a single species. The Tea Shot Hole Borer, Euwallacea fornicatus, is an invasive … Continue reading

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Living With Arboreal Termites

New Guinea contains many interesting species of tropical insects including arboreal species of termites. Rather than building nests on the ground, these termites build nests on the trunks and limbs of trees. These termites can be found infesting coconut plantations. … Continue reading

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Living With Anal Papillae

Mosquito larvae are aquatic, but have never adapted to breathing underwater. Instead, mosquito larvae must come to the surface of the water to breathe oxygen. Mosquito larvae have an extensions of their hindgut called anal papillae. The anal papillae form a … Continue reading

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Living With Zika: Update

Zika Virus continues to be transmitted throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. Some Zika associated birth defects may have genetic or other causes. Therefore it is important to know the prevalence of birth defects in the population prior to the … Continue reading

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Living With Amino Acid Balance II

Most insects receive insufficient proteins and amino acids in their diet. Blood feeding insects have the opposite problem: too much protein. Terrestrial insects typically process excess amino acid nitrogen into uric acid, which can be excreted with little loss of … Continue reading

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