Showing posts with label Insects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Insects. Show all posts

Sunday, 7 April 2019

The Insect Apocalypse Is Coming: Here are Five Lessons we Must Learn

A PinP photo.
In a new report, scientists warn of a precipitous drop in the world’s insect population. We need to pay close attention, as over time, this could be just as catastrophic to humans as it is to insects. Special attention must be paid to the principal drivers of this insect decline, because while climate change is adding to the problem, food production is a much larger contributor. Story here.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Research finds flies carry bacteria — some harmful to people and animals

The Western Producer
They come every summer without fail, but flies are more than an aesthetic problem. Story here.

Sarcophaga (Flesh Fly).
Family.... Sarcohagidae.
feed on dead animal flesh. 
A Wickimedia photo by "Prog"

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Beyond the Birds and the Bees

The Xerces Society

Effects of "neonic" insecticides on agriculturally important beneficial insects. Details here.

Unidentified pollinator. PLT photo. 

Thursday, 9 May 2013

The Cicadas are Coming!

The Xerces Society

Everybody has his or her own treasured experience of insects -- a nighttime lit by 
fireflies, the sight of monarchs clustered for the winter…full story here.

PLT: below - Definitely not cicadas, but an unidentified swarm of rather hard-backed, 
flying insects which gathered on a vehicle in my yard on a warm day in April, then died. 
Recognize them? Let me know if you know what they are! Thanks!

Below is a response I got when I posted the last photo on an online bug i.d. website.
"I do believe these are Water Boatmen. As adults these occasionally come flying out of the ponds in which they've spent all their juvenile lives in search of new ponds to colonize. If your vehicle has a smooth reflection to it (or better yet--is some shade of blue or black or green) they could easily have mistaken the sheen of your vehicle for that of a pond. These poor guys probably then proceeded to bake to death very quickly on the hot surface of your car..."

Beyond Covid 19. Are we risking yet another pandemic if we continue to embrace "assembly-line" livestock production into the future?

by Larry Powell No one would argue that Covid 19 demands our undivided attention. Surely,  defeating this "beast" has to be &...