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Why Mosquitos Bite You and How to Make Them Stop

5 Jul 2019

Summertime means hammocks, BBQs, fireworks, and mosquito bites....

Leafcutter Ants are Farmers Who Grow Fungi

2 May 2019

Leafcutter ants can strip as much as 17% of the leaf biomass from plants in their ecosystem and can clear entire trees in under a day. Next to ours, leafcutter ant society is the most complex...

"Insects on the Bottom" Yogurt

20 Mar 2017

In general, I find “Center for Science in the Public Interest” to be a very reputable organization and I always enjoy reading “Nutrition Action,” their flagship publication. I usually find myself...

Ants in Our Homes

20 Mar 2017

There are various insecticides that will eliminate ants. Chlorpyrifos is probably the most effective and is available in a number of commercial versions containing 0.5% of the active ingredient. It...

Bugs in the Ear

20 Mar 2017

You've probably heard this one.  An earwig crawls into a lady's ear while she is asleep on a beach.  She doesn't realize anything is wrong until she starts to have terrible pains.  An x-ray...

Carmine Dye and the Cochineal Insect

15 Feb 2017

At least in a manner of speaking. When Hernan Cortez came to America in 1518 he was intrigued by the beautifully coloured Aztec fabrics, particularly the stunning reds. He asked the natives about...