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Brace Yourselves for the ‘Super’ Termite

02-24-2016

Brace Yourselves for the ‘Super’ Termite

Brace Yourselves for the ‘Super' Termite What do you get when two of the most destructive species of termites breed? A potentially very big problem for homeowners, to say the least … This is the scenario that researchers in South...

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A Vacation to Forget!

02-15-2016

A Vacation to Forget!

A Vacation to Forget! Two tourists from California are going to remember their New York City trip for years to come! But not in a good way… The two were staying in a NYC hotel (Astor on the Park Hotel on the Upper West Side) during their...

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Do You Know What a Formosan Termite is?

01-25-2016

Do You Know What a Formosan Termite is?

Do You Know What a Formosan Termite is? The Formosan termite is an abundant wood-eating insect. Many people in New Orleans consider this insect to be a nuisance, in particular in the high season (reproductive season), May. It is around this time a...

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Boozy Bugs

01-22-2016

Boozy Bugs

Boozy Bugs Wasps play a large role in the creation of those foamy brews and fruity wines we love to drink. Researchers found in a recent study that wasps actually help yeast to get its groove on and make our alcohol. Scientists found that wasp...

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The Real Life Monster From Alien

01-20-2016

The Real Life Monster From Alien

The Real Life Monster From Alien I'm a major lover of horror films, and I still cringe every time I see the baby alien burst forth from John Hurt's chest in Alien. That is just plain disturbing. Well, guess what? There is an organism that does...

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Stopping the Spread

01-19-2016

Stopping the Spread

Stopping the Spread As crazy as it sounds (or maybe not crazy at all) invasive insects cost the U.S. an estimated $120 billion a year in damages to our environment, agriculture and native species. Below I will list out 5 invasive pests, and how you...

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Public Surveillance Helps Officials Track Chagas

01-15-2016

Public Surveillance Helps Officials Track Chagas

Public Surveillance Helps Officials Track Chagas Inspired by a successful community-based effort to track Chagas in Central and South America, researchers at Texas A & M set up their own citizen science program to track Chagas in Texas. They...

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Unbelievable Insect Trivia

01-06-2016

Unbelievable Insect Trivia

Unbelievable Insect Trivia Did you know that insects don't feel any pain at all? Insects don't have the Nocicepters in their brains to communicate the feeling of pain to them. Do mosquitos have a preference when it comes to blood type, gender, etc.?...

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Plant and Insect Predictions for 2016

01-05-2016

Plant and Insect Predictions for 2016

Plant and Insect Predictions for 2016 What will insect populations look like in 2016? How will plants respond next spring if the dormancy triggers are not fully met? The insects that will survive this year's winter above ground have survived...

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Cocooned Wasp Larvae

01-04-2016

Cocooned Wasp Larvae

Cocooned Wasp Larvae Bathyplectes anurus's (parasitoid wasp) larvae are known to spin cocoons and jump up to 5 centimeters while still inside of them. Scientists have just now believed to have figured out why… Researchers have found that the...

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