Call for 2014 Insect Calendar Photos

Call for 2014 Insect Calendar Photos

The Entomological Society of America is looking for the best insect photos to grace our 2014 World of Insects Calendar.

Photos should be of the highest aesthetic and technical quality. Photographs for the calendar will be selected by the Committee on the World of Insects Calendar.

The requirements for submission of photos are:

1. JPG format (between 1,000 and 2,000 pixels wide);

2. Common or scientific name must be included in each filename;

3. All photographs must be horizontal and rectangular (vertical or square photos will not be accepted);

4. Photographs of dead insects that are posed or mounted are not allowed;

5. A maximum of eight (8) photographs may be submitted by a single photographer (more than 8 submissions will disqualify all photographer’s entries); and

6. Submissions must be e-mailed to ESA headquarters ( by close of business on May 17, 2013. 

The Entomological Society of America is the largest organization serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines in the world. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 6,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Members are students, researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, consultants, and hobbyists. For more information, please visit

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Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years

A 12-centimeter-long stick insect that hadn’t been seen for 80 years was rediscovered in 2001. Only 24 individuals remained, so conservation became vitally important.

Today, there are over 9,000 of the stick insects, thanks to the conservation efforts at the Melbourne Zoo. However, they are still considered critically endangered by the IUCN.

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Bee Safety What should you do and not do?

Bee Safety What should you do and not do?

Bee Removal Do’s and Don’ts:

DO check your property regularly for bee colonies. Honey bees nest in a wide variety of places, especially Africanized honey bees. Check animal burrows, water meter boxes, overturned flower pots, trees and shrubs.

DO keep pets and children indoors when using weed eaters, hedge clippers, tractor power mowers, chain saws, etc. Attacks frequently occur when a person is mowing the lawn or pruning shrubs and they inadvertently strike a bee’s nest.

DO avoid excessive motion when near a colony. Bees are much more likely to respond to an object in motion than a stationary one.

DON’T pen, tie or tether animals near bee hives or nests.

DON’T destroy bee colonies or hive, especially with pesticides. Honey bees are a vital link to U.S. agriculture. Each year, pollination by honey bees adds at least $10 billion to the value of more than 90 crops. They also produce about $150 million worth of honey each year.

DON’T remove bees yourself. If you want bees removed, look in the yellow pages under “bee removal” or “beekeepers”.

DON’T try to exterminate the bees yourself. Most people do not have the necessary safety equipment to remove bees. Past attempts of people trying to exterminate bees themselves have led to serious injury and death in some cases in the United States. This is extremely dangerous and you are advised to leave this to a professional exterminator.

What to do if you are attacked:

1. Run as quickly as you can away from the bees. Do not flail or swing your arms at them, as this may further annoy them.
2. Because bees target the head and eyes, cover your head as much as you can without slowing your escape.
3. Get to the shelter or closest house or car as quickly as possible. Don’t worry if a few bees become trapped in your home. If several bees follow you into your car, drive about a quarter of a mile and let the bees out of the car.

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How Black Widow Spiders Do It

How Black Widow Spiders Do It

Black widow spiders are so named because of the widespread belief that the female spider always eats her partner after sex, but the mating habits of these arachnids aren’t actually so black and white.

The common name “black widow spider” most often refers to any of the three North American spider species with the distinctive dark body and red hourglass pattern. The name is also occasionally used to describe other — or even all — members of the Latrodectus (widow spider) genus, including the notoriously cannibalistic Australian redback. Despite the blanket name, the penchant for sexual cannibalism of the genus varies between species, said Chad Johnson, a widow spider expert at Arizona State University.

In each widow species, the male is no more than half the size of the female. After maturing, the male will spin a small “sperm web.” He deposits some semen into the web and coats his palps —two appendages near the mouth, which resemble tiny claws or thick antennae — with sperm. He then sets off to find a female of his species. [Gallery: Spooky Spiders]

Hulett Environmental encourages public awareness of household pests in April


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Hulett Environmental encourages public awareness of household pests in April

This April, Hulett Environmental is proud to celebrate National Pest Management Month, which is formally recognized each year by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The observance acknowledges the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health and property from common household pests such as rodents, ants, termites, bed bugs and cockroaches.

During National Pest Management Month, Hulett Environmental encourages public awareness of pests and reminds homeowners to pest-proof the home this spring.

As the weather continues to warm, pests will begin to emerge from their overwintering sites and look for food indoors. To prevent an infestation, homeowners should take some time to pest-proof their home in the coming weeks. From sealing openings and removing debris around the foundation of the home to eliminating sources of moisture indoors, a few simple home maintenance projects can keep pests from causing problems this spring.

NPMA experts also recommend the following tips to add to the spring cleaning check list:

  • Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
  • Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
  • Eliminate sources of standing water around the house, including birdbaths and in clogged gutters.
  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.’
  • Avoid leaving pet’s food dishes out for long periods of time.

Taking preventative measures is the best defense against pests, but occasionally an unwanted critter can sneak by unnoticed. If an infestation is suspected, contact a licensed pest professional to treat the problem.”

For more information on common household pest or pest-proofing tips, please visit