Insects Sitemap - Page 2 2014-03-10
Insect Mating - How Insects Attract a Mate
Lone insects must find a mate of the same species and opposite sex in order to reproduce. Most insects employ one or more of three signal types to attract a mate: auditory, visual, or chemical.
Fireflies - Habits and Traits of Fireflies, Family Lampyridae - Lightning Bugs
Fireflies flash their Morse code signals across lawns and fields on warm summer nights. They're easy to recognize from afar, but do you know what they look like up close?
Scarab Beetles - Habits and Traits of Scarab Beetles, Family Scarabaeidae
Scarab beetles include the biggest insects in the world, in terms of sheer mass. Scarabs were revered in ancient Egypt as symbols of resurrection. More than just powerhouses, scarab beetles serve important roles in the habitats where they live. The family Scarabaeidae includes dung beetles, June beetles, rhinoceros beetles, chafers, and flower scarabs.
Careers for People Who Love Insects – Museum Exhibit Designer – Interview with Paul Nelson, Museum Exhibit Designer
If you love insects and are skilled at building things, you might want to try a career building and designing museum exhibits. Learn the pros and cons of being a museum exhibit designer from Paul Nelson, owner of Outhouse Exhibit Services.
Careers for People Who Love Insects – Museum Exhibit Designer – Interview with Paul Nelson, Museum Exhibit Designer
If you love insects and are skilled at building things, you might want to try a career building and designing museum exhibits. Learn the pros and cons of being a museum exhibit designer from Paul Nelson, owner of Outhouse Exhibit Services. Page 2.
Bombardier Beetles - Defenses of the Bombardier Beetles
Bombardier beetles top the list of strange but effective insect defenses. Potential predators learn a hard lesson when they mess with the bombardier beetle.
Facts About Mosquitoes - 10 Cool Facts About Mosquitoes
Here are 10 things you didn't know about mosquitoes.
Crime Scene Insects - How Crime Scene Insects Reveal the Time of Death of a Corpse
The forensic entomology is most often used to calculate the postmortem interval, or time of death, of a corpse in a suspicious death. Using known physiological information about the insect species found on a cadaver, a forensic entomologist can calculate the time when flesh-eating insects first invaded the body.
How to Tell the Difference Between an Ant and a Termite
People often confuse ants and termites. Both insects live in social colonies, and may take up residence in or near your home. Take a closer look - there are some distinct differences.
Facts About Stick Insects - 10 Cool Facts About Stick Insects
Stick insects live on every continent except Antarctica, though most of the world's stick insects inhabit the tropics. You may know stick insects for their camouflage, but there's a lot more to Phasmids than that. Here are 10 cool facts about stick insects you might not know.
Avoid Chigger Bites – 10 Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites
Ever had chigger bites? If you have, you'll never forget them. Chigger bites are probably the itchiest bug bites you'll ever experience. These 10 tips will help you avoid chigger bites.
Get Rid of Chiggers – How to Get Rid of Chiggers
If chiggers are a problem in your yard, your best method of control is to eliminate chigger habitat on your property. Widespread use of pesticides to get rid of chiggers is rarely required or recommended.
Facts About Termites – 10 Cool Facts About Termites – Termite Facts
Termites live in social colonies and are important decomposers and soil builders. How much do you know about termites? Learn more with these 10 cool facts about termites.
Insect Fossils – Most Abundant Types of Insect Fossils
How do scientists learn about ancient insects without fossilized bones to study? They examine the abundant evidence found in the different types of insect fossils.
Timeline of Fossil Insects - Timeline of Fossil Insects by Order
Which insects appeared on Earth first, and which evolved last? This article outlines when each insect order, extant or extinct, first appeared in the fossil record.
Bee or Wasp? - How to Tell the Difference Between a Bee and a Wasp
Bees and wasps belong to the order Hymenoptera, and are similar in many ways. However, there are some important differences. This article outlines the major distinctions between bees and wasps.
Centipede or Millipede? - How to Tell the Difference Between a Centipede and a Millipede
Centipedes and millipedes tend to get grouped together, but they're quite different creatures. Though both are arthropods, that's where the similarities end. Here's how to tell which is which.
Dragonfly or Damselfly? - How to Tell the Difference Between Dragonflies and Damselflies
Though both dragonflies and damselflies belong to the order Odonata, there are features that separate the two groups into suborders. Knowing whether a mystery odonate is a dragonfly or damselfly will help you identify it. This article outlines the differences between dragonflies and damselflies.
Grasshopper or Cricket - How to Tell the Difference Between a Grasshopper and a Cricket
Grasshoppers, crickets, locusts, and katydids all belong to the same order - Orthoptera. Within this group, the grasshoppers and locusts are separated from the crickets and katydids by certain characteristics. These are the major differences between the two suborders of Orthoptera.
Crickets and Temperature – How to Use Crickets to Calculate Temperature
You can determine the approximate temperature be counting the number of times a cricket chirps in one minute. Just use these equations to calculate the temperature.
Insect Poop - Learn All About Insect Poop - Frass
Do insects poop? Of course, but we call their poop frass. Insect poop is pretty important stuff. It keeps ecosystems in balance, feeds insect young, and even helps some bugs defend themselves from predators.
Insect Poop - How Social Insects Keep the Poop from Piling Up
Insects that live together in nests or hives would be overrun with poop if they didn't clean up after themselves. Page 2.
Insect Poop - Insect Poop in the Ecosystem
Insect poop, called frass, actually keeps some ecosystems in balance. Page 3.
Fire Ants – How to Identify Fire Ants – How to Know If You've Got Fire Ants
Wondering if you've got a fire ant problem? Learn how to identify fire ants before you reach for a pesticide unnecessarily.
Ants – 10 Fascinating Facts About Ants
The complex, cooperative societies of ants enable them to survive and thrive in conditions that would challenge the individual. Here are 10 fascinating facts about ants that just might convince you they're superior to us.
Avoid Bee Stings – 10 Tips to Avoid Bee Stings
Being stung by a bee or wasp is never fun, and for people with bee venom allergies, it can be life-threatening. In most cases, bee stings are entirely avoidable - just don't attract them or put the bees on the defensive. Here's 10 tips to help you avoid bee stings.
The Bumblebee Queen - The Life Cycle of a Bumblebee Queen
The bumblebee queen lives just one year, from fall to fall. During that time, she survives the winter cold on her own, incubates and cares for offspring, and insures that her genetic line continues by making new queens to replace her.
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Hunting for Caterpillars - Interview with Volunteers from Earthwatch Institute's Hunting for Caterpillars Expedition
The Earthwatch Institute offers opportunities to volunteer on hundreds of scientific expeditions around the world, including entomology research. Two recent volunteers in entomology found out what it's like to collect and raise caterpillars around the swamps of Louisiana.
Earthwatch Expedition - More About the Earthwatch Expedition
Volunteers are helping Dr. Lee Dyer, of Tulane University, figure out how Hurricane Katrina impacted caterpillar populations around New Orleans. Page 2.
Hunting for Caterpillars - Interview with Peggy Rush, Volunteer on Earthwatch Institute's Hunting for Caterpillars Expedition
Peggy Rush, a kindergarten teacher from NJ, spent part of her summer collecting caterpillars in the cloud forests of Ecuador. As a volunteer with the Earthwatch Institute, Peggy learned what it's like to work as a field entomologist.
Earthwatch Expedition - More About the Climate Change and Caterpillars in Ecuador Earthwatch Expedition
Interested in doing what Peggy did - collecting caterpillars in the cloud forests of Ecuador? Here's more about the Earthwatch expedition. Page 2.
Wasps, Yellowjackets, and Hornets – Differences and Similarities Among Wasps, Yellowjackets, and Hornets
The social wasps of the family Vespidae include paper wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets, all of which will defend their homes vigorously should you disturb them. Worse yet, they have a tendency to build their homes in the places we like to spend our time, so there's a good chance you'll encounter them.
Honey Bees – 10 Facts About Honey Bees
No other insect has served the needs of man like the honey bee. Here are 10 facts about honey bees you might not know.
10 Tips to Avoid Ticks
Finding an engorged tick on your body is never fun. Ticks do carry diseases, and your first line of defense is avoiding their bites. Follow these 10 tips to avoid ticks, and more importantly, tick bites, when you head outdoors.
Insects in Firewood - How to Manage Insects in Firewood - Invasive Insects in Firewood
Firewood can harbor insects, from boring beetles to carpenter ants. Invasive insects transported in firewood can infest new areas, leading to the loss of thousands of trees. You can minimize insect problems by collecting and storing your firewood properly.
Flies - How to Control Flies in the Home and Yard
Flies are common pests in the home and yard, but they do pose a health risk. A single house fly can carry over one million bacteria on its body. Control of filth flies involves good sanitation practices supplemented with barriers and traps.
Control Japanese Beetles – How to Control Japanese Beetles
To effectively control Japanese beetles, you must control both the larval grubs and the adult beetles. This article explains the life cycle of Japanese beetles, and provides practical advice on controlling both the beetles and the grubs.
Bug Bomb Use – Directions for Bug Bomb Use – Safe Bug Bomb Use
Before you use a bug bomb product to eliminate a pest problem in your home, read these important directions and safety precautions. Each year people misuse bug bombs, resulting in damage to property and serious health impacts for family members. Don't become a statistic.
How to Control Mosquitoes in Your Yard and Home
Nothing takes the fun out of an evening barbecue outdoors like a bunch of bloodthirsty mosquitoes. In addition to inflicting a painful bite, mosquitoes can transmit diseases. You can keep your local mosquito population under control by limiting their habitat on your property, and avoid their annoying bites by using the right barriers and repellants. This article also teaches you what oft-touted mosquito controls do NOT work.
How to Avoid Exposure to Mosquitoes and Reduce Your Chances of Being Bitten
You can limit your exposure to mosquitoes and mosquito bites by using effective barriers and repellents. Page 2.
Common Mosquito Control Myths - Things That Don't Work to Control Mosquitoes
Some mosquito control suggestions have become so popular, most people believe they work. But research shows these things do not have a meaningful impact on mosquito populations, and are really a waste of your time and money. Page 3.
Bed Bugs at Hotels - How to Avoid Bed Bugs at Hotels - How to Avoid Bed Bugs When You Travel
How do bed bugs get in your home? They travel home with family members who stay in bed bug infested hotels, usually. Learn how to avoid bed bugs at hotels by planning wisely, inspecting thoroughly, and taking control measures when you return home.
Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home - How to Pack to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home
Do your homework before you travel. Research your hotel or resort, and pack appropriately to thwart bed bugs. Page 2.
Inspect Your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs - How to Inspect Your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs
Before you settle into your hotel room, take a few minutes to look for any signs of bed bugs. Learn what to look for, where to look, and what to do if you find bed bugs in your hotel room. Page 3.
Keep Bed Bugs Out of Your Home - How to Unpack to Keep Bed Bugs Out of Your Home
Even if you think your trip was free of bed bugs, it's worth taking a few extra steps while unpacking to kill any potential pests. Page 4.
Tarantulas – 10 Cool Facts About Tarantulas
Hollywood directors like to use tarantulas in horror flicks, because these huge, furry spiders look intimidating. But tarantulas have been given a bad rap. These 10 cool facts about tarantulas should make you think differently about these docile and fascinating spiders.
The Lost Ladybug Project – Volunteer to Help Scientists on the Lost Ladybug Project
The Lost Ladybug Project needs volunteers of all ages to help document ladybug populations in North America. Here's what you need to know to participate.
How to Bug Proof Your Home – 15 Ways to Bug Proof Your Home
Do you hate finding bugs in your house? You can't keep every insect or spider outdoors, but you can make it difficult for bugs to find their way into your home. Here are 15 ways to bug proof your home.
Paper Wasps – How to Control Paper Wasps
Paper wasps will defend their nest aggressively. When their nests are located in close proximity to people, some control measures may be required. Learn the safest time and method to remove problem paper wasp nests.
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies – 10 Tips for Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
Are you waging a fruitless battle against fruit flies in your home (pun intended)? Try following these 10 tips for getting rid of fruit flies.
Firefly Watch - Volunteer to Help Scientists With Firefly Watch
Scientists believe fireflies are in decline, and they want to know why. By volunteering to observe fireflies in your area on summer evenings, you can help researchers find out how fireflies are doing, and how to help them.
The Great Sunflower Project - Volunteer to Help Scientists on the Great Sunflower Project
Through the Great Sunflower Project, citizen scientists are helping researchers assess bee populations in urban, suburban, and rural environments. If you can plant some sunflowers and spend just 30 minutes per month observing bees, you can help, too.
Monarch Watch – Volunteer to Help Scientists Through Monarch Watch
Scientists first started tagging monarch butterflies in 1937. Today, hundreds of volunteers help researchers continue the study of monarch migration through Monarch Watch.
Facts About Ladybugs – 10 Cool Facts About Ladybugs
Is there a more adorable arthropod than the ladybug? From kindergartners to gardeners, everybody loves them. Here are 10 cool facts about ladybugs.
Facts About Butterflies – 10 Cool Facts About Butterflies
Everyone is familiar with butterflies, but how much do you really know about these insects? Here are 10 cool facts about butterflies.
Painted Lady Butterflies – Facts About Painted Lady Butterflies
Are you raising painted lady butterflies in your elementary school classroom? Do these familiar butterflies visit your yard? Here are 7 fascinating facts about painted ladies.
Butterfly Garden – Host Plants for the Butterfly Garden – Caterpillar Host Plants for the Butterfly Garden
Include caterpillar host plants in your butterfly garden, and you'll attract a lot more butterflies as they visit your plants to lay eggs. Here's a list of butterflies likely to visit your garden, and the host plants you'll need to support their caterpillars.
Caring for Pet Millipedes – A Guide to Caring for Pet Millipedes
So you're thinking about getting a pet millipede? Pet millipedes are a good choice for people who want to keep live arthropods, and make great classroom pets. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about caring for pet millipedes.
Bug of the Week - December 18, 2013
Bug of the Week - December 18, 2013
Friday Fact - Treehoppers Raised by Ants
Did you know... Some treehopper mothers rely on ants to raise their young. Treehopper nymphs in the genus Pubila produce honeydew, a sugary excretion that
Bug of the Week - November 20, 2013
Bug of the Week - November 20, 2013
Friday Fact - Stoneflies as Water Quality Measures
Friday Fact - Stoneflies as Water Quality Measures
NJ Woman Dies From Tick-Borne Virus
NJ Woman Dies From Tick-Borne Virus
Bug of the Week - December 4, 2013
Bug of the Week - December 4, 2013
FREE Jewel Beetle Field Guide
FREE Jewel Beetle Field Guide
How to Handle a Caterpillar Safely
Learn how to pick up a caterpillar without harming it, and which caterpillars you should avoid touching.
Provide the Right Housing for Your Caterpillar
Learn how to make a caterpillar habitat, and what your caterpillar will need in its new home. Page 2.
Provide the Right Food for Your Caterpillar
These tips will help you provide the proper food for your caterpillar, even if you aren't sure what kind of caterpillar it is. Page 3.
How to Keep Your Caterpillar's Home Clean
Learn how to keep your caterpillar's home clean and healthy. Page 4.
What to Do After the Caterpillar Pupates
Once the caterpillar pupates, you'll need to do a few things to keep the pupa viable until it emerges. Learn how to care for a butterfly or moth pupa. Page 5.
Little or No Metamorphosis
The most primitive insects, such as springtails, undergo little or no true metamorphosis during their life cycles. Entomologists refer to these insects as ametabolous, from the Greek for
Simple or Gradual Metamorphosis
In gradual metamorphosis, three life stages occur: egg, nymph, and adult. Insects with gradual metamorphosis are said to be hemimetabolous. Page 3.
Bee-Friendly Gifts for That Special Someone
It's Cyber Monday, when millions of holiday shoppers take to the internet to order gifts for family and friends. But what to get for that special someone who
Friday Fact - Drumming Butterflies
Friday Fact - Drumming Butterflies
Friday Fact - Cooloola Monsters
Friday Fact - Cooloola Monsters
The Buzz - November 2013
The Buzz - November 2013
Bug of the Week - November 27, 2013
Bug of the Week - November 27, 2013
Old Butterflies Offer New Clues About Climate Change
Butterflies collected over a century ago are helping researchers understand the impact of climate change today. Heather Kharouba, then a doctoral candidate
10 Possible Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder
Theories about the causes of CCD emerged almost as quickly as the bees disappeared. No single cause or definitive answer has yes been identified. Most researchers expect the answer to lie in a combination of contributing factors. Here ten possible causes of Colony Collapse Disorder.
Friday Fact - Hilltopping
Friday Fact - Hilltopping
Free Lesson Plan: Field Guide to Schoolyard Insects
The University of Kentucky's Entomology Department offers a free downloadable lesson plan, Field Guide to Schoolyard Insects. Students get up close and
Do Reality TV Shows Abuse Insects?
BBC News reports two stars from the recent season of the reality show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here will return to Australia to face charges of animal
15 Ways to Keep Bugs Outside
Yesterday, it was 70 degrees in my area, but forecasters predict temperatures will drop 30 degrees over the next day or so. It's hard to adjust from wearing
Friday Fact - Mites and Burying Beetles
Did you know... When burying beetles reach adulthood and strike out on their own, they take one thing with them - mites. A mated pair of burying beetles will
Friday Fact - Sea Spiders
Friday Fact - Sea Spiders
The Battle Against Bad Bugs
U.S. Border agents scored a point against invasive pests last month, when they intercepted exotic seed bugs in a shipment from Thailand. The insects hitched a
A Guide to the Twenty-Nine Insect Orders
With an estimated one million insects in the world, trying to identify an unfamiliar find can be overwhelming. However, if you get acquainted with the
Are Honey Bees Disappearing?
Honey bees have been in the news a lot recently. Farmers and beekeepers are alarmed by recent news headlines about Colony Collapse Disorder, and you should
Black Swallowtails Tucked in for the Winter
Less than a month ago, I spotted a lone Black Swallowtail caterpillar munching away on the forgotten celery in my garden. Despite several short cold spells,
Use the Insect Index to Find Information Fast
Looking for information on a certain insect species? Check out the new Insect Index, an up-to-date directory of all the insect profiles I've published. As I
Does the Queen Bee Really Rule the Hive?
Honey bees may be the most studied insects on Earth, but there is still much to learn. Solving the mystery of how honey bees make collective decisions for the
Can Ants Stop an Elephant?
Acacia tree in Kenya. Photo: © Gerard D. Hertel, West Chester University, Bugwood.org Acacia trees employ a complicated mutualism with ants to fend off
The Fuzzy Caterpillar That Ate My Town
Gypsy moths invaded my town last year. Photo: © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey Tussock moth caterpillars are voracious feeders, capable of defoliating large
Free Downloadable Curriculum on Pollinators
When you think of pollinators, you probably think first of honey bees. But did you know that over 100,000 invertebrates pollinate our flowering plants? Wild
Looking for a fun way to teach students insect identification? How about a game of BUG-GO! Played similar to Bingo, BUG-GO is a free game created by Patricia
Free Educational Materials for Educators
Photo: © Rob Van Petten, Getty Images The Entomological Foundation offers free educational materials to educators to help in implementing entomology into
A (Not So) Surprise Guest on My Window
Lady beetle on a warm winter day. Photo: © Flickr user dmcdevit, CC Share-AlikeOnce in a while, we get one of those unseasonably warm winter days here in N.J.
It's Cold Outside - Adapt or Die
From Science Daily: Many insects living in northern climates don't die at the first signs of cold weather. Rather, new research suggests that they use a
Smell-wars Between Butterflies And Ants
New research from the University of Copenhagen highlights co-evolution in action. Large blue butterflies (Genus Maculinea) trick unsuspecting ants into caring
True or False: It's Illegal to Kill a Praying Mantis
Praying mantis eating aphids. Photo © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey Common knowledge, right? It's illegal to kill a praying mantis. Turns out that's an urban
Nearly 150 Years, and Still Going Strong
Horse drawn spraying equipment. Photo: archives of the USDA APHIS Pest Survey Detection and Exclusion Laboratory Gypsy moths continue to rule the headlines in
Technology in the Field: Tracking the Asian Longhorned Beetle
A forester checks for beetles using an acoustic beetle detector. Photo: © US Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory While the evening news
Free Newsletters from the Vermont Entomological Society
Check out the website of the Vermont Entomological Society. This group came together in 1993, and sponsors bug-related field trips, workshops, and research in
Eat Ice Cream and Save the Honey Bees!
Photo: © HDIP, Inc. Imagine a world without Rocky Road, Banana Split, or Cherry Vanilla ice cream - not a pretty picture, right? The folks at Häagen Dazs
Is Stephen Colbert an Entomophagist?
Photo: © Getty Images for Meet the Press/Alex Wong. On his show The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert recently chatted with David Gracer, an advocate of eating
Wanted: Alien Stink Bugs
Brown marmorated stink bug nymph, with characteristic antennae markings. Photo: © Gary Bernon, USDA APHIS, Bugwood.org Rutgers University wants stink bugs.
Insects Likely to Consume More Plants as Temperatures Rise
Approximately one third of this legume leaf was consumed by insects during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. Photo: © Ellen Curano Just when you
Insects - 1 Million, Dinosaurs - 0
Illustration: Alain Beneteau/www.paleospot.com Look around. See any dinosaurs? Nope, not a single dinosaur to be found. Insects, on the other hand, are
Line Leader, Paper Person, Bug Monitor?
Photo: © Compassionate Eye Foundation/Chris Ryan/OJO Images Ltd/Getty Images Remember those classroom jobs from elementary school - line leader, paper
Want to Raise Smart Butterflies? - Teach the Caterpillars
Photo: © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey Anyone who spends time observing caterpillars knows their habits. They eat, they poop, they eat some more, and they molt.
LoJack For Beehives?
Bees in California keep a watchful compound eye out for thieves. Photo: © Matt Cardy/Stringer/Getty Images Since the fall of 2006, honeybee hive boxes have
The Sound of a Million Butterfly Wings
Left image 2004, right image 2008.Image courtesy NASA Earth Observatory, by Robert Simmon and Daniel Slayback. That's a sound I hope to hear some day, when I
First Butterfly of the Year
And me without my camera. I debated bringing it along on a hike today, but decided to travel light for once. That pretty much guaranteed I would see something
More Bad Luck for California Honeybees
Photo: © Stockbyte/Getty Images First Colony Collapse Disorder. Then honeybee heists by sneaky bee bandits. There's an expression that bad things come in
Is This the Lyme Disease "Magic Bullet"?
Ah, the Sweet Smell of Skunk Cabbage
Skunk cabbage in bloom. Photo: © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey March brings many good things: college basketball tournaments, St. Patty's parades, and best of
Remember the Coneheads?
A slightly musical conehead. Photo: © Tyler Christensen. Does anyone remember the slightly musical coneheads? I know what you're thinking. Yes! Dan Aykroyd
Don't Swat That Fly! It Could Be a Spy
I checked my calendar when I read this news item - Military Creates Cyborg Insect Spies. It must be April Fools' Day, I thought. But no, the headline is true.
Through the Eyes of an Insect
Photo: © www.harunyahya.com This image shows how the world looks through the eyes of a fly. I know what you are thinking - How do they know that? You can't
Prehistoric Bugs in 3D
Left: arachnid. Right: Insect hymenopteran Falciformicidae. Image: © M. Lak, P. Tafforeau, D. Néraudeau (ESRF Grenoble and UMR CNRS 6118 Rennes). Exciting
Celebrate Be Kind to Spiders Week
The first week in April is Be Kind to Spiders Week. I'll bet you didn't know that. Spiders, despite their tendency toward creepiness, are beneficial critters
Walkingsticks Prove Darwin Correct
Walkingsticks in a warm embrace. Photo: © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey. Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection is widely accepted by scientists and high
These Bugs Tell Time
Image courtesy Mike Libby, Insect Lab. Here's an image that made me do a double take. And a triple take, actually. You aren't looking at some crazy Photoshop
Flight of the Bumblebee May Take Longer
Photo: © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey Air pollution prevents insect pollinators from finding their favorite flowers, according to researchers from the
American Idol Helps Fight Malaria
Miley Cyrus sings at the Idol Gives Back charity event.Photo: Getty Images/Frank Micelotta/American Idol I never imagined I'd be blogging about American Idol
One Sheet of Paper and a Lot of Patience
Image courtesy of Robert J. Lang, www.langorigami.com What's an engineer and physicist do in his free time? Fold paper, in the case of Robert J. Lang. For
Eastern subterranean termites.Photo: © Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org Some primal termite knocked on wood And tasted it, and found it good! And that is why your
5 Things You Can Do for Insects on Earth Day
What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day this year? Planting a tree? Cleaning up a park or beach? People tend to think big on Earth Day, but I like to focus on
Fighting Malaria on the "River of Life"
On March 29, 2008, medical teams led by Expedition Organizers Helge Bendl and Andy Leemann launched a two-month trip through six African countries. Their
Malaria - a Disease Without Borders
Today marks the first-ever World Malaria Day, as I've mentioned in several previous blog posts this month. Putting a stop to this mosquito-spread disease,
It's Raining Tiny Caterpillars
First instar gypsy moth caterpillar.Photo: © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey Last Friday, I sat in my backyard enjoying the sunshine, and subconsciously flicked a
10 Tips to Avoid Ticks
Photo: Flickr user ninjapoodles Years ago, I spent some time bicycling around parts of the country, pitching my tent wherever I could find a park or
Fending Off Fleas
Photo: © Getty Images/Martin Ruegner Any pet owner will tell you that fleas are no fun. A few adult fleas on the family dog will soon become hundreds of
Cattle-Eating Maggots Threaten Yemen's Economy
A screw worm maggot shows its tusklike mandibles. Photo: John Kucharski, USDA Officials in Yemen are asking the international community for help in combating
Biologist Pays Tribute to Neil Young
This trapdoor spider discovered by ECU biologist Jason Bond was named after the musician Neil Young. Photo courtesy East Carolina University News Services
Mortgage Mess Leads to Unexpected Outcome - Mosquitoes
A health department worker adds mosquito-eating fish to a stagnant swimming pool.Photo: © Getty Images/Justin Sullivan The mortgage loan mess makes headlines
This Week in Bug News
Photo courtesy US Customs and Border Protection Agency A bee swarm took up residence in a shopping cart in the parking lot of a busy shopping center in
The Garden of Good and Evil
A few weeks ago, I discovered my honeysuckle vines were infested with aphids. A new gardener might panic to see her plants coated in plump pests such as these,
Honeybees Are Disappearing - Is the Answer Right Under Our Noses?
Since the mysterious disappearance of honeybees began two years ago, scientists have scrambled to find the cause. Termed Colony Collapse Disorder, the
Are All Bugs Bad?
Bugs get a bad rap. We use the word bug in quite a few different ways, most with real negative connotations. We refer to any little microbe that makes us ill as
8,995 New Insects Discovered in 2006
David Grimaldi and Michael Engel, in their 2005 book Insects and Their Evolution, estimated that 75% of the insect species on Earth had yet to be described.
Out With the Old, In With the New
When my brother was small, he was one of those quiet, shy little boys who always hid behind our mother. He had a tendency toward politeness and never wanted to
The Buzz on Bees
Honeybees may be the most researched insect on the planet. Concerns about vanishing honeybees, and the impact this has on our food crops, continue to drive
New Yorker Hospitalized with Mite Infestation
A bird's nest in a bathroom vent proved to be the final straw in a NY woman's fight with her landlord. Her exposure to the wild birds earned her a trip to the
Free Seeds to Help the Honeybees
As vanishing honeybees continue to threaten our food supply, companies and organizations are helping by getting citizens involved. How can you help save the
What's This Bug?
Forum user DougNew is trying to figure out what's biting him while he sleeps. He posted this image in the forum, and asked if this might be the culprit. Here's
Bee Census Finds 2,000 More Species
John S. Ascher, a research scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, just completed the first global count of bee species in over 100 years. He and
Denver Officials Threaten to Jail Backyard Beekeeper
The city of Denver picked a weird time to enforce a ban on backyard beekeeping. As has been widely reported, honey bees are in serious decline. Many states and
Another West Nile Virus Epidemic Expected
When West Nile Virus first appeared in the U.S. nine years ago, it made headlines nearly every day. Today, the panic seems to have subsided, but that doesn't
Why do these summer trees look like a winter landscape? Click the picture to find the answer.Photo: © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey
Find Buggy Events in the Forum
Looking for a fun insect-themed activity to do while the kids are out of school? Check out the Bug Events, Festivals, and Shows folder in the forum. Anytime I
Eat Bugs in Hell's Kitchen
If you happen to be in the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen today, you might get a chance to try the newest thing in green eating - entomophagy. Bug eating
Blueberries by the Numbers
Today marks the beginning of National Blueberries Month, designated to remind us that July is the peak of blueberry season. But would there even be a National
This Week's Mystery Bug
In a post titled Playground Terrors, About.com member jgherity asked for help identifying mysterious wasps. Each summer, the wasps invade the playground at the
Love is in the Air (Not That He'd Know It)
Scientists at the University of California-Davis report they may have found a way to disrupt mating between Japanese beetles. They recently succeeded in
Pine Oil Works Like DEET
For over 50 years, we've been slathering the synthetic chemical DEET on our skin to repel mosquitoes and ticks. Soon, we may have an effective, naturally
Celebrate E.B. White's Birthday
Where's Pa going with that ax? Of all the stories I read as a child, Charlotte's Web remains my favorite. I still have my worn out paperback copy, which I
Playing with Fire(flies)
One summer evening, when I was twelve years old, a friend and I played a game of badminton well past sunset. As we batted the shuttlecock back and forth across
The Care and Feeding of Caterpillars
Caterpillars may be the perfect pets for kids. By the time your child has lost interest in caring for it, a caterpillar will pupate and no longer need
Stephen Colbert Demands Justice
When Stephen Colbert, popular host of Comedy Central's Colbert Report, heard that a spider had been named for Neil Young, he knew he had to act. It seemed only
World's Scariest Insects?
Nicole Kidman recently revealed her greatest fear - butterflies. It seems Kidman experienced a serious Lepidopteran trauma in her childhood. On school days, she
One More Reason Why You Shouldn't Kill Bugs
As a bug lover, I'm always trying to convince other people to stop killing every six-legged critter that comes within ten feet. It's not just about my personal
Is Milkweed Getting Less Milky?
Among bug vs. insect stories, the monarch-milkweed relationship is probably the best known. Ask nearly any young schoolkid what monarchs eat, and you'll get a
An Insect Ghost?
This oddly pale stick insect made its way across my patio a few weeks ago, and quickly caught my eye. Unfortunately for him, predators looking for a quick
Are You Afraid of Spiders?
Spiders seem to elicit an emotional response like no other bug. My parents still torment me about the time a spider dropped from the ceiling of our station
Debugging Beijing - Chinese Officials Wage War on Insects
With the opening of the Beijing Olympics just one week away, Chinese officials continue their assault on the city's six-legged wildlife. Bugs clearly aren't
Going to Beijing? - Here's Where to Eat Insects
Beijing dining is, well, different. If you've ever considered snacking on a bug, this is the place to do it. The Chinese know how to cook insects. In a country
Cricket Lore - The Chinese Love Affair with Crickets
For over two millenia, the Chinese have been in love with crickets. Visit a Beijing market, and you'll find prize specimens fetching prices that make the
Wordless Wednesday - Fighting Crickets in Beijing
Preparing for a cricket fight in Beijing. Cricket fighting goes back over 2,000 years in Chinese culture.
Bug Encounters on the Road - Bed Bugs
I just returned home from a road trip to the Smoky Mountains, where I go each summer to do some hiking and visit friends. When you write about bugs for a
Bug Encounters on the Road - Bugs on the Bumper
As I made my way into the mountains of North Carolina, I was struck by the numbers of butterflies that flitted across the roadway. Then I realized the
Asian Longhorned Beetle Discovered in Massachusetts
The City of Worcester, Massachusetts is now under order of quarantine, after an invasive pest from Asia was discovered in the area. The Asian longhorned beetle
Bug Encounters on the Road - On the Trail of Insects
One of my favorite things about hiking is you never know what you will find along the trail. Now that I'd made it to North Carolina, I was ready to lace up the
All in the Family for Invasive Fire Ants
People who live in the southern U.S. will tell you stories about fire ants. Fire ants will hurt you, and they'll tell their friends to hurt you, too. Since the
Chicago's Party Comes to an Abrupt End - ALB Returns
Ten years ago, Chicagoans watched as their beloved shade trees were cut down and chipped. Along with New York City, Chicago came under siege from an invader
(More) DIY Exterminators in the News
Last month, I listed some compelling reasons why you shouldn't kill bugs. One particularly good reason to lay off the do-it-yourself extermination attempts -
Cockroaches Predict Next Prez
Hold the polls and cancel the conventions. This election is all but over, based on the results at the 15th Roach Derby held at Rutgers University yesterday.
Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?
Mosquitoes top the list of annoying insects, and it's no wonder we dislike them so much. All you want to do is enjoy a warm summer evening outdoors, and you
New Insects Turn Up in the Weirdest Places
They really do have it all on eBay. An aphid specialist from the UK recently purchased a fossilized insect preserved in amber from the online auction site. He
Wordless Wednesday - Ultimate Recycling
This walkingstick, or stick insect, is eating the exoskeleton it just finished molting. Why? That old skin is full of protein, which gets recycled back into
NRDC Sues EPA Over Bee-Killing Pesticide
The US Environmental Protection Agency doesn't have much to say about their 2003 approval of a pesticide believed by some to kill honeybees. The EPA didn't
What the heck is this thing? The favorite cousin of Gomez Addams? No, this blond mop top is actually an insect, and a dangerous one at that. The puss
Featured User Photo: Bee on Clover
This beautiful photo of a bumblebee foraging on a clover blossom was captured by Jon, an active member of the insects forum. Jon, who goes by the screenname
Clay Pots Prove to Be Ancient Beehives
Archaeologists excavating a site in ancient Israel unearthed the earliest known beehives in the Near East. The clay hives were discovered at the Tel Rehov site
Stink Bugs Are the Pits in Pittsburgh
Brown marmorated stink bugs are invading Pittsburgh homes.Photo: © Gary Bernon, USDA APHIS, Bugwood.org Homes in western Pennsylvania are covered in
Entomologists Found Guilty of Bug Smuggling
Two Czech nationals have been convicted of illegally collecting insects from Singhalila National Park in India, according to the Times of India. The
Giant Spider Takes Over Liverpool
What would you do if a giant spider walked the streets in your town? Take pictures, of course. This image comes courtesy of Flickr user Frankie Roberto, who
Ants from Mars?
When evolutionary biologist Christian Rabeling discovered this new species of ant, he thought it might as well have come from Mars. He named the find Martialis
Here's Looking at You
This spicebush swallowtail caterpillar appears to be looking back at you. Its large eyespots probably help deter predators, and definitely give it a
Mom Wants Park Sprayed for Non-Existent Spiders
Okay, this story has me a little steamed, I'll admit it. A 15 year old boy in Williamstown Borough, PA, recently developed a mysterious bite on his foot
Italy Joins Others in Ban on Bee Killing Pesticides
The Italian government has banned a number of pesticides suspected of causing honeybee deaths. The Minister of Work, Health, and Social Policies issued an order
Have We Met Before? Wasps Good at Remembering Faces
I am terrible at remembering faces. I could meet you today and spend the entire day with you, and I wouldn't recognize you tomorrow if we bumped into each other
Featured User Photo: Smiling Dragonfly
Tony, one of our forum members, snapped this smiling dragonfly's picture in East Houston, Texas. Tony says he's been photographing insects forever. His
Is the Smiling Dragonfly Real?
Denver Official Pushing to Legalize Backyard Beekeeping
For years, hobbyist beekeepers in Denver, Colorado have set up their backyard hives in defiance of a ban on such activities in residential areas. The law was
Were Convicted Czechs Tricked into Admitting Guilt?
The two Czech nationals recently convicted of bug smuggling in India claim they were duped, and maintain their innocence in an interview recently published on
Can You Identify This Caterpillar?
Ria, a forum member who teaches preschool in the Philippines, posted photos of some caterpillars she is raising. She found them in her schoolyard. We haven't
Wheel Bugs in Love
Photo: © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey These odd-looking insects seem made for each other. I found the pair taking a roll in the milkweed back in late
Did Termites Cause the Levee Breaks in New Orleans?
The Formosan subterranean termite, an insect from Asia, may have contributed to the levee breaks in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.Photo: Scott Bauer,
How to Keep Democrats Out of the House
Box elder bugs aggregate in sunny places as temperatures begin to cool in fall.Photo: Flickr user iowa_spirit_walker Folks in Nebraska and Kansas are
It's a Butterfillar!
Photo: Forum member Ria (yapatoots79) Ten days ago, I wrote about the caterpillars that Ria, a preschool teacher in the Philippines, was raising in her
Gentlemen, Protect Your Jewels from Black Widows
Photo: Chuck Evans(mcevan)”., Wikimedia Commons While doing some research about black widow spiders for a new article, I came across the following nugget
Cobwebs - Haunting or Healing?
Photo: Flickr user Trinity As Halloween gets closer, fake cobwebs appear overnight on porches and shrubs around my town. We associate cobwebs with all
Convicted Bug Smuggler Flees India to Avoid Possible Jail Time
Emil Kucera, a Czech national convicted of illegally collecting insects in an Indian national park, fled India and returned to the Czech Republic. Kucera faced
The Lost Ladybug Project Needs Your Help
The introduction of the 7-spotted ladybug from Europe may have caused the decline of our native 9-spotted ladybug. Photo: böhringer friedrich, Wikimedia
How Come Hornworms Always Seem to Find My Tomatoes?
How do hornworms find my tomato plants, no matter where I plant them?Photo: Flickr user naturegirl 78 As any gardener knows, a bug that eats plants has
Invasive Pest Spawns Arts Festival
Hemlock woolly adelgid looks like fuzzy white cotton on the underside of hemlock branches.Photo: © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey Some folks in Kentucky
Fruit Flies Swarm to McCain-Palin Ticket
In the latest poll, the McCain-Palin ticket leads by a wide margin among fruit flies. The dramatic shift in the Diptera demographic came in response to a recent
What's This Bug?
About.com member NancyL. keeps finding these insects on her deck. Can you identify this mystery bug? About member NancyL. recently posted this image in
Really? A Blow Torch?
Here we go again - more adventures in DIY pest control. A fellow in Georgia decided it was time to get rid of those unsightly cobwebs clinging to his house. So
Another House Bites the Dust
Yet another homeowner has blown his house to bits trying to get rid of insect pests. A man in Millville, NJ, set off an arsenal of bug bombs in his home.
Joe McCain Would Love to Be an Ant
Image: Gov Gab, US Government Blog Joe McCain, brother of the ex-presidential candidate, hates traffic. So much so, in fact, that he called a 911
Bugscope Lets Kids Use Sophisticated Technology to Study Bugs
Have you ever looked at an insect with a hand lens, and marveled at its spiny-looking feet? Or investigated a butterfly wing under the microscope, so you can
Schoolkids to Study Bugs in Space
When the space shuttle Endeavor launches from Florida later today, it will be carrying more than astronauts. A payload of spiders and butterflies are heading to
College Students Doing Their Part to Save Hemlocks
Students from Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina headed into the woods with a mission - to save 1,000 hemlock trees from the deadly hemlock woolly
Budget Cuts Sting Entomologists
In this rough economy, everyone is cutting back on spending. Unfortunately, university entomology programs often take a big financial hit when times are lean.
"Airport Malaria" a Real Risk
Well, here's a scary little tidbit to ponder. People living in North America and Europe should be concerned about contracting malaria, according to a new report
Denver Beekeepers No Longer Criminals
The Denver City Council passed a honey of an ordinance last week, allowing hobbyist beekeepers to do just that - keep their bees. The new rule allows residents
Earthwatch Volunteers on the Hunt for Caterpillars
Daily headlines about climate change call our attention to polar bears, migrating songbirds, and coral reefs. Nobody seems worried about caterpillars. Could
But Did the Roaches Survive?
Deborah Dean of Dekalb County, Georgia was looking forward to Thanksgiving. Her holiday preparations were coming along. The turkey and trimmings were in the
What I Really Ate this Thanksgiving
I've been a vegetarian for nearly 15 years, so it's been a long time since I said pass the turkey on Thanksgiving. The truth, though, is that every bite of my
What's This Bug?
A reader recently sent me this photo of a mysterious insect found in his daughter's bathroom. This odd-looking insect appeared in a bathtub.Photo:
Where Do Mosquitoes Go in Winter?
I don't care much for cold weather, but there is one nice thing about being outdoors in winter - no mosquitoes! Once temperatures drop, those pesky bloodsuckers
China Executes Ant-Breeding Conman
Chinese officials executed Wang Zhendong, a conman who bilked investors out of over $400 million. Over 10,000 people gave Wang money to start an ant-breeding
Bugs in Live Christmas Trees? Bah Humbug!
If you're considering buying a live or fresh cut Christmas tree this holiday season, you've probably done your homework. You've researched which kind stays the
Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite
Good night, sleep tight, Don't let the bed bugs bite. As I child, I happily repeated this merry rhyme, thinking bed bugs were as real as the bogey man. Bed
Termites Inflict Lethal Head Butts on Nest Invaders
The Panamanian termite, Termes panamensis, fights off nest invaders with a lethal blow to the head. Researchers found the tenacious termite soldiers possess the
Bug Smugglers Nabbed in Peru
According to the Calgary Herald, three bug smugglers were recently caught trying to sneak 8,000 dead insects out of Peru. The suspects hid the bugs in plastic
Wisconsin Town Headed for Disaster
People in Wisconsin are on high alert for a devastating insect pest, the emerald ash borer. Some areas of the state have already lost their ash trees to the
(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Dead Honey Bees
A few weeks ago, a friend forwarded an email to me that really made me mad. The email, which quickly went viral and arrived in inboxes all over the world,
Ethanol's Dirty Little Secret
Ethanol, a biofuel touted by some as a clean, renewable energy source, has a dirty little secret according to scientists at Michigan State University. The
The Eensy, Weensy Spider Gets the Girls
Conventional wisdom says the bigger, stronger guy wins the girl, while the 98-pound weakling gets a face full of sand. Not quite true for spiders, says Michael
Wordless Wednesday - Pine Beetle Damage Visible from Space
Around the turn of the twenty-first century, a combination of factors, including fire suppression and climate change, allowed mountain pine beetles to destroy
Nevada Schoolkids to Pick Official State Insect
Some fourth graders in Nevada noticed their state was missing something - an official state insect. Nevada is one of only nine states that lack a bug mascot.
Mosquitoes No Match for U.S. Marines in Uniform
Since 1991, U.S. military uniforms have been treated with the insecticide permethrin to protect troops from disease-carrying mosquitoes. Still, with so many
Locusts Play Hide and Seek with Predators
Locusts have long puzzled scientists. Why would an insect live a seemingly solitary existence one day, and then quite suddenly join with millions of locust
Family's Pet Tarantula Kidnapped
A family in Bristol, England is pleading for the safe return of their family pet. Their Chilean rose tarantula, 'Arry, was abducted by burglars who also made
The Poop on Poop
Last year, we had a major population of gypsy moth caterpillars in my town. At the peak of their leaf munching, I could stand in my backyard and hear the
California's Border War Against Bugs
The American southwest has a certain appeal to a native of New Jersey. Those wide open roads, sans tolls or traffic, impart a real sense of freedom when you're
What's Hiding in Your Grapes?
I've noticed a somewhat startling trend as I scan the breaking insect news headlines every day. Black widow spiders seem to be turning up in bunches of grapes
Bug of the Week - January 7, 2009
This week, I'm launching a new feature on About Insects. On Wednesdays, I'll post a photo of a mystery bug - the bug of the week. Along with the photo, I'll
Beware of Mattresses
I'm in the market for a new mattress. I can't stand rolling into the crevasse of a dent in my bed anymore. Hoping to find a good deal, I Googled around the term
Keep Firewood Bugs to a Minimum
Now that winter's taken hold, I can't seem to get warm. My house used to have a wood-burning stove in the living room, but a past owner removed it. It's just
Mutant Bed Bugs Attack the Big Apple
Here's some sobering news - New York is under attack by mutant bed bugs. The nocturnal bloodsuckers are multiplying despite our best efforts to eliminate the
Ant Cheaters Wear Their Crimes on Their Cuticles
In most ant colonies, one queen has all the fun while her attendants get stuck with the chores. The rules of ant society forbid the female workers from
Should ORV's Be Banned to Save a Beetle?
For a decade or so now, a war's been raging in southern Utah. Once again, the Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle has made the list of candidates for federal
Insects Can't Make Sense of a Man-Made World
Man-made light is making a real mess of things, ecologically speaking. Years ago, I volunteered on a research team monitoring hawksbill sea turtles on Barbados.
Bug of the Week - January 21, 2009
NJTF knew the answer to last week's Bug of the Week challenge - the unicorn caterpillar, Schizura unicornis. This strange-looking caterpillar gets its name
Beekeepers Fear Imported Australian Bees
The USDA allowed imports of honey bees from Australia to resume, despite concerns from some beekeepers and bee scientists. Beekeepers fear the Aussie bees could
Update - Palm Bay, FL Ban on Beekeeping
After an hour long discussion, the Palm Bay city council ruled to uphold its ban on beekeeping in the Florida city. Backyard beekeeper Michelle Provencal will
Australian Moth Reappears After Long Absence
Staff at the South Australian Museum hoped to learn more about the insects living in Adelaide, so they asked the public to bring insects they'd found to the
Liberia Under Attack by Army Worms, Guinea Next
For weeks now, a silent army has been marching across Liberia, forcing people from their homes and villages. These soldiers have devastated farm fields,
Bug of the Week - January 28, 2009
Here's this week's bug of the week, a trio of critters found on my milkweed. Know what it is? Leave your answer in the forum. You'll also find some clues
Green Porno from Sundance
I was always fascinated by the infinite, strange and ‘scandalous’ ways that insects copulate.” - Green Porno creator Isabella Rossellini One of my
Best Super Bowl Ad - Heist, by Coca Cola, Of Course
Hey, how about that Super Bowl ad from Coke starring a whole bunch of insects! The ad is titled Heist, and shows a band of bugs working together to steal a
Will Insects Set a Death Row Inmate Free?
In December, 1998, a 19-year-old woman disappeared from her college campus in Texas. Almost a month after she was last seen alive, her body was found in the
Liberia's Caterpillar Infestation Goes from Bad to Worse
According to Liberia's Agriculture Minister Chris Toe, the ravenous caterpillars devastating farms and villages are not armyworms, as first thought.
Bug of the Week - February 4, 2009
Congratulations to Treesandshrubs, aka Nessa Richins, our Guide to Trees and Shrubs, and to Mobugs41! Both answered last week's Bug of the Week challenge
Google Earth Leads Scientists to New Butterfly Species
A group of Kew scientists discovered a hidden oasis in Mozambique, right from the comfort of their office chairs. While using Google Earth to scout out possible
85 New Insect Species Discovered in United Arab Emirates
For three years, scientists have been documenting the flora and fauna of the United Arab Emirates, with the goal of cataloging every single species. The effort
Kill It Like Beckham
Soccer superstar David Beckham and his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria, ruffled the robes of their new neighbors on the Thai island of Koh Samui. The Beckham's
Monarch Butterflies Ready to Head North
This week marks the 16th straight year that Journey North, a fantastic website for anyone interested in phenology, will be tracking the spring migration of
Happy Darwin Day
Today, evolutionary biologists celebrate the birthday of their patron saint, Charles Darwin. Darwin was born exactly 200 years ago this February 12th. He
Cupid the Katydid Brings True Love to the Big Easy
Cupid, a rare pink katydid, welcomes visitors at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans this Valentine's Day. Cupid and his siblings are the first pink katydids
Bad Economy Takes Another Bite Out of Bug Research
It's tough out there these days. Politicians are grasping at straws, trying to find a silver lining in this dark economic cloud. The state of Michigan felt the
Kiwi Beekeeper Charged with Selling Toxic Honey
A hobbyist beekeeper in New Zealand is charged with selling food products unfit for human consumption after several customers were poisoned by his honey. A
Bug of the Week - February 18, 2009
Here's this week's bug of the week! Once again, I've given you a few hints in the forum. Can you name this bug? Last week's bug of the week was a tricky one,
The Stickiest City in America
The streets of Longview, Washington run with honeydew. Take a stroll down Broadway, and it's like walking on a fraternity house floor after a weekend-long keg
Honey Heals Injured Sea Turtles
Next to insects, my greatest love is sea turtles. I've volunteered on several expeditions through the Earthwatch Institute, and have tagged and measured nesting
Moustached Butterfly Finally Gets a Name, 90 Years Later
In 2005, butterfly expert Blanca Huertas traveled to Colombia to search for new butterflies. In a remote mountain region, she found an odd moustached
Zoo Offers Spider Class for Arachnophobes
For reasons I don't fully understand, some people are afraid of spiders. Not just eek, a spider scared, but that picture of a spider on your website made me
Does the Economic Bust Help the Bed Bugs Boom?
The meteoric rise in bed bug infestations couldn't have come at a worse time. State and local governments everywhere are strapped for cash, and some cities are
Hemlock Pest Kills Trees Quicker Than Expected
Forests from southern Appalachia to New England are in decline, as one pest or pathogen after another decimates trees. Each summer, I take a trip to the Great
And the Winner Is...
Fourth graders from Beatty Elementary School in Las Vegas made a successful case for their pick for Nevada state insect. Their nominee, the vivid dancer
Did a Tick Bite Lead Suspect to Commit a Violent Homicide?
Yesterday, 27-year-old Terry Joe Sedlacek walked into an Illinois church and fired four gunshots at Rev. Fred Winters, killing him. He then attempted to stab
Moths Find Flowers by Smelling Precise Chemical Combinations
New research from the University of Arizona at Tucson reveals how moths key into the scents of flowers. Though a flower's odor may consist of hundreds of
Bug of the Week - March 11, 2009
In keeping with last week's theme, here's another mystery caterpillar to identify. This one tends to curl up into a ball when it feels threatened, as you can
Obama's Grandma To Lead Fight Against Tsetse Flies
The African Union has enlisted the aid of President Obama's step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, in a campaign to wipe out tsetse flies in her native Kenya. The
What's Wrong with This Headline?
While scanning my news reader for interesting insect stories the other day, a headline caught my eye: Fire at UNR Lab Kills Mating Caterpillars. Something
The Pros and Cons of Maggot Therapy
The University of York just published the results of a three-year study on using maggots to treat leg ulcers. Flesh-eating maggots feed on dead or decaying
File This One Under D, for Duh
Insect populations around Chernobyl, the site of a 1986 nuclear plant meltdown and fire, continue to show signs of decline. Two scientists studying wildlife
Fourth Graders Want to Know
A fourth grade class in Colorado recently sent me a bunch of questions about crickets. Their teacher, Jeff Lewis, was looking for a way to tie technology in
Bug of the Week - March 25, 2009
This week's mystery insect hails from Europe and northern Africa. Do you know the identity of the bug of the week? Leave you answer here, or head over to the
Aphids Hide Among Their Dead Friends to Avoid Predation
Aphids live a tough life. Just about every insect predator in the garden likes to make a meal out of them. Fortunately, aphids reproduce quickly, and they can
Will a Red Ant Become a Dark Horse in Race for Mayor?
The race for mayor of Aspen, Colorado just got a little more exciting. The Red Ant, a pesky 8-month-old solenopsis invicta, just announced her candidacy to be
Beetle Bailout Costs Millions, New England Tourism at Risk
Last year, the Asian longhorned beetle was discovered in the Worcester, Massachusetts area. Officials moved quickly to stop the beetle from spreading. Thousands
Bug of the Week - April 1, 2009
This is no April Fools' joke. This wasp really is metallic red and blue. Do you know what it is? Leave your answer and check back next Wednesday to see if you
Deer Feed Stations Provide Effective Tick Control
An environmentally friendly deer feeding station developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service can reduce tick populations by up to 77%, according to a
Migration Not Just for Monarchs
While the monarchs make their way north from Mexico amid much fanfare, another group of butterflies is quietly heading up the California coast. Painted lady
Bugs in My Alibi Airs Tomorrow on Animal Planet
When five members of a California family were murdered in 2003, UC Davis entomologist Lynn Kimsey didn't expect to be the key witness in the case. Her expertise
Bug of the Week - April 8, 2009
It's Wednesday once more, and time for another mystery insect challenge. Grab a field guide and take a look at this photo. Do you know which bug this is?
Share Your Tips for Treating Mosquito Bites
The worst part about mosquito bites isn't the bite, it's the itch. I've had mosquito bites that itched for days and drove me to the brink of insanity. If
Eastern Tent Caterpillars a Danger to Pregnant Mares
Eastern tent caterpillars are beginning to hatch. These early spring caterpillars feed mostly on foliage of cherry and apple trees. In the home landscape, their
Bug of the Week - April 15, 2009
This week's mystery insect hails from the order Lepidoptera. If you can name the bug of the week, leave a comment with your answer. Or, for a few clues, head
Top 10 Bed Bug Control Strategies from the EPA Summit
The bed bug population has exploded over the last few years. Experts now believe we're having the worst bed bug outbreak since World War II. Something has to be
Researchers Turn to Bug Saliva for Potential Cures
Two separate studies released this week focused on the value of bug saliva as a possible cure for diseases. In the first study, researchers at Saint Louis
Saving the Hermes Copper Butterfly
In the chaparral forests of San Diego County, a small, brown and yellow butterfly, is making its last stand. The Hermes copper butterfly, an important
Scientists Bug Trees to Locate Bugs
The coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, was discovered on the island of Guam in 2007. The tiny rhinos are a serious pest of coconut palms, so
Bug of the Week - April 22, 2009
Wow! It looks like last week's mystery insect remained a mystery. Mobugs41 and sharon did correctly identify this little Lepidopteran as a skipper. I think
U. of Florida Relaunches Website for 4-H Bug Collectors
The University of Florida just relaunched its website for kids who collect bugs. The site, which originally went live in 1998, is a digital 4-H club for
Nevada Readies for Invasion by Mormon Crickets
Nevadans are readying for battle. Scientists expect this year to be a bad one for residents in the path of the Mormon crickets. When the hungry plague numbers
Which Insect's Sting Hurts the Most? Ask the King of Sting
Imagine a bold and unrelenting pain, like somebody is using a drill to excavate your ingrown toenail. That's how Justin Schmidt described the sting of a red
Bug of the Week - April 29, 2009
It's Wednesday, time for another bug of the week. Each week, I post a photo of a mystery insect for you to identify. If you can name this beautiful butterfly,
Ants Nip Their Hosts in the Bud (Literally)
Certain ants and plants enjoy well-documented relationships of mutualism. The ants inhabit the plant, providing it with protection from other pests. The plants
Drowned Spiders Make Miraculous Recoveries
Spiders live in all kinds of environments, from forests to marshes. Scientists have long been puzzled by how spiders can thrive in areas prone to flooding.
Will Lyme Disease Worsen as Temps Rise?
A newly published study out of Yale University suggests rising global temperatures may increase the severity of Lyme disease. According to the paper's authors,
Dead Ants Don't Stink
Ants are tidy creatures. Workers quickly dispose of garbage and feces in the interest of keeping their nest neat and clean. Should a fellow ant pass on to that
Bug of the Week - May 6, 2009
It's time for another bug of the week! Each Wednesday, I post a photo of an insect for you to identify. Do you recognize this bug? If you do, leave a comment
Termites Threaten Architectural Treasures of Ancient Xi'an
Termites are methodically eating the city of Xi'an, China. According to Asia Pacific News .Net, a full 70% of the ancient structures in Xi'an are at risk of
National Geographic Premiers Segment on Parasitic Wasps
This Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, 2009, at 9 PM ET/PT, the National Geographic Channel (NGC) premieres the latest installment of its critically acclaimed In
"Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite" Act of 2009
I've read enough bed bug headlines in the past year to be worried about an upcoming hotel room stay. Bed bugs made a comeback of epic proportion in recent
Emerald Ash Borer Nears Minnesota Border
Since it first appeared in Michigan in 2002, the invasive emerald ash borer has advanced steadily through the region's forests, killing millions of trees. EAB
Get Your Garden Pest Questions Answered on Twitter Today
Do you tweet? I'm guest hosting today's Twitter 4 Victory Gardens conversation! The topic for the chat is garden pests, and I'll be tweeting answers to
Bug of the Week - May 13, 2009
Who's this colorful critter? It's this week's mystery insect, aka the bug of the week. Grab a field guide or fire up Google, and see if you can identify it.
Tent Caterpillars Are For the Birds
If you've got cherries or crab apples in your yard, there's probably a caterpillar camp out in your trees this month. The silk tents of eastern tent
100 Million Year Old Termite Reveals Ancient Mutualism
A hunk of amber from Myanmar contains the oldest example of mutualism ever discovered between an animal and microorganism. Inside the amber, Oregon State
The Truth About Bug Zappers
Bug zappers are one of the most popular bug control devices ever. Walk around any suburban neighborhood in the evening, and you'll hear the pop and sizzle of
The Caterpillar Without a Name
Samuel Hagler, a Twitter follower, asked if I could identify a caterpillar he encountered in Bolivia. Samuel is pedaling his way from Paraguay to the U.S. to
Bug of the Week - May 27, 2009
Each Wednesday, I post a photo of an unnamed insect for you to identify. It's a fun way to practice your insect identification skills. So, grab a field guide
Citizen Scientists Needed to Track Invasive Viburnum Pest
The viburnum leaf beetle, an introduced species from Europe, was first identified in New York in 1996. Since then, the hungry beetles have spread to Maine,
Are You Sure It's a Red-Spotted Purple?
While doing some work in her potting shed the other day, my mom was surprised to see something moving on her table. She looked closer, and found this butterfly
Indiana Man's Death Blamed on Brown Recluse Spider
Headlines about brown recluse spiders always catch my attention, so my antennae were raised by a news item from Indiana: Spider Bite Likely Cause in Evansville