Boy, does time fly! This is my 250th Bug of the Week challenge. And just think, there's only about 1 million more bugs (by conservative estimates) to go. Do you know what this one is? Post your answer in a comment, and come back next Wednesday for challenge #251.
As for #249? That photo featured the oak timber worm, Arrhenodes minutes, a type of weevil. As you likely suspect from its common name, this weevil is a pest of oak trees. Kudos to Monique for answering correctly.
Photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
It's Cyber Monday, when millions of holiday shoppers take to the internet to order gifts for family and friends. But what to get for that special someone who loves bugs?
Click over to the Xerces Society website and order a gift that will mean something to both the bug lover and the bugs! The Xerces Society's mission is to protect invertebrates and their habitat, and they've been doing so for over 40 years. Anything you order through their store goes to support this nonprofit's important work. Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the Xerces Society, but I think they do good work and want to spread the word.
Does your loved one love bees? You can help Xerces protect pollinators with the perfect gift combo for the bee lover in your family. Purchase a pollinator habitat sign, a copy of Attracting Native Pollinators, and a Xerces membership. Get some honey from your local beekeeper and a few packets of native wildflower seeds, and make a bee-friendly gift basket!
One last look at the new articles published this month on About Insects: