Here Come The Bugs!

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy”……or so the song goes. And indeed, after the harsh winter most of the country experienced it does feel good to go outside without wearing the entire contents of your closet.

But summertime is also bug time and then the living can be a bit more itchy. Mosquitoes, fleas, no see ... » Read the rest

Crazy Ants vs. Crazy Aunts

Move over fire ants, there’s a new kid in town. The tawny crazy ant, also knows as the Caribbean crazy ant, hairy crazy ant (although you need a microscope to see the hair) and Rasberry crazy ant, after the man who identified the species. The crazy part comes with their erratic patterns, they seem to ... » Read the rest

Droning on About Drones

Drones, or pilot-less radio controlled aircraft are often in the news. They are now a big part of warfare, targeting certain people or groups, to annihilate only the recipient, while the delivering party is unharmed. But as they become less expensive, they are seen more and more in business and personal use.

Eagle Drones

One good ... » Read the rest

Spider Rain

In all the time mankind has occupied this planet, there have been many rain phenomena, strange things falling from the sky. As early as the first century AD there was a report of frogs and fish falling from the sky. In 1794 French soldiers reported seeing toads come raining down from above. In 1861 sugar crystals ... » Read the rest

Oh, Rats!

Rats. Everyones favorite rodent to hate. They are ugly, buck-toothed, garbage eating … well, rats, that seems to be the strongest euphemism there is. Rats have become synonymous with unscrupulous humans. Jimmy Cagney made that popular when he called his nemesis a “dirty, yellow-bellied rat” in the 1932 film, Taxi.

Black Death

Their reputation goes way ... » Read the rest

Radiation and Insects – A Life’s Work

Cornelia Hesse-Honegger is an amazing artist, even if her preferred subject matter may be a little out of the norm. Born in 1944 in Zurich, Switzerland, she worked as a scientific illustrator for the science department at the University of Zurich Natural History Museum. Her work was at an entomology lab where she drew insects that ... » Read the rest

California Water Blues

California is drying up. It is in the fourth year of a drought that has cost millions already with no relief in sight. Whole groves of nut and fruit producing trees have died off due to lack of moisture. The state relies on melted snow from the Sierra Nevada mountains for up to 30 percent of ... » Read the rest

Florida – It’s a Snake’s World

Florida is said to be ground zero for the proliferation of invasive species. Its warm temperatures and tropical waters provides an abundance of food for many small critters and they become food for the larger ones. There are so many invasive species in Florida, its hard to say what the worst ones are, but the Burmese ... » Read the rest

Fleas and Ticks and Flies – Oh My

Spring is here, finally. And with it, the showers that bring May flowers and irritating insects, like fleas, mosquitos, gnats and my favorite insect to hate, no-see-ums, as they are known in the south.

Shortly after moving to the south from Chicago, which may have a lot of its own kinds of pests, but thankfully, has ... » Read the rest

The Trouble With Invasive Species

Anyone who lives in or has been to the southern United States is aware of kudzu. Driving on a highway on a moonlit night, the eerie sight of a roadside forest engulfed in an oppressive, clinging, choking vine of kudzu conjures thoughts of a supernatural nature. You could easily imagine a large, green monster rising up ... » Read the rest