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Debbie Hadley

Updated Articles and Resources

By Debbie Hadley

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Which Is the Biggest Living Insect? Created: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
      Which insect holds the record for being the biggest living insect? That all depends on how you define "bigness."
    • How Do Insects Breathe? Created: Thursday, October 30, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      Insects require oxygen to live, and produce carbon dioxide as a waste product, just as we do. Insects, don't have lungs, so how do insects breathe?
    • Why Do Bugs Die On Their Backs? Created: Monday, August 18, 2014 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Why do dying insects always seem to wiggle their legs in the air and expire on their backs?
    • Why Do Bees Swarm? Created: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Learn how and why honey bees relocate their hives, and why you shouldn't worry if you find a bee swarm in your yard.
    • The Parts of a Butterfly Created: Monday, March 08, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Whether large or small, butterflies share certain morphological features. This diagram highlights the basic common anatomy of an adult butterfly or moth.
    • Top 10 Beneficial Garden Insects Created: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      Beneficial insects prey on the pests gardeners detest, keeping insect populations in check. You should learn to recognize these top 10 beneficial insects in your garden.
    • Do Japanese Beetle Traps Work? Created: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      If you have Japanese beetles in your yard or garden, the last thing you should do is hang a Japanese beetle trap. Here's why these traps are more hype than hope.
    • 10 Fascinating Facts About Aphids Created: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      Gardeners may not care for the aphids in their gardens, but most entomologists will tell you these insects are pretty interesting to observe. Learn 10 fascinating facts about aphids.
    • When Should I Use a Bug Bomb? Created: Monday, November 09, 2009 Updated: Sunday, August 03, 2014
      Are you sure a bug bomb is the best choice for your pest problem? Bug bombs don't work well on all insects. When used incorrectly, these home pesticide products can be hazardous, too. Learn how to weigh the risks and rewards of using a bug bomb, before you choose to use one.
    • Why Do Spiders Bite Humans? Created: Thursday, July 24, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      Why do spiders bite humans? Actually, that "spider bite" is almost always something else. Learn why spiders bites are actually rare.
    • Sugaring for Moths Created: Monday, November 19, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      Sugaring for moths is an effective way to collect moth specimens for a preservation or photography. Learn how to make and apply your own sugar bait to attract moths.
    • 10 Tips for Getting Rid of Fruit Flies Created: Thursday, June 09, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Are you waging a fruitless battle against fruit flies in your home (pun intended)? Try following these 10 tips for getting rid of fruit flies.
    • How to Tell the Difference Between a Butterfly and a Moth Created: Saturday, October 27, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Butterfly or moth? Learn the 6 physical or behavioral traits that will help you tell the difference between butterflies and moths.
    • Giant Silkworm Moths and Royal Moths, Family Saturniidae Created: Saturday, January 12, 2013 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      The family Saturniidae includes our biggest, showiest moths: luna moths, cecropia moths, polyphemus moths, imperial moths, io moths, promethea moths, and royal walnut moths. Learn more about these monster moths, their unique traits, and their special behaviors.
    • Luna Moth, Actias luna Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Luna moths are colorful and large, so people often think they are butterflies. The night-flying adults live just a few days. Learn the habits and traits of luna moths, Actias luna.
    • How Insects Attract a Mate Created: Monday, June 16, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      Lone insects must find a mate of the same species and opposite sex in order to reproduce. Most insects employ one or more of three signal types to attract a mate: auditory, visual, or chemical.
    • 10 Biggest Beetle Families in North America Created: Wednesday, January 08, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Almost 70% of the beetles in the U.S. and Canada belong to one of these 10 beetle families. Learn to recognize these 10 families, and you will be well on your way to identifying most of the beetles...
    • Leaf and Seed Beetles, Family Chrysomelidae Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Leaf and seed beetles (family Chrysomelidae) make up one of the largest beetle groups. Many cause significant damage to garden and farm crops. Learn the habits and traits of leaf and seed beetles.
    • Keep Your Christmas Tree Free of Bugs Created: Friday, December 05, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Live or cut Christmas trees can come with surprises - bugs! You can still enjoy a real evergreen tree for Christmas without bringing a forest of insects indoors. Here's what you need to know.
    • Do Bugs Crawl in People's Ears? Created: Monday, November 04, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Feel something moving inside your ear and wonder if it's a bug? It just might be. Find out which bugs, and what you should do if a bug crawls into your ear.
    • How Cockroaches Detect the Flow of Air to Escape Predators Created: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Try to stomp on a cockroach, and it will almost always escape being squashed. Cockroaches use special appendages to detect any movement in the air around them, and flee from the wind. But what happ...
    • 5 Myths About Dragonflies Created: Friday, December 21, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      In many cultures, dragonflies are associated with the devil. Why do people think dragonflies harbor such ill will? Here are 5 (debunked) myths about dragonflies.
    • Insects Commonly Mistaken for Mosquitoes Created: Sunday, September 02, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Are you sure it's a mosquito? Some insects that look like mosquitoes don't bite at all. Learn to tell the difference between mosquitoes, midges, and crane flies.
    • What Is the Deadliest Insect on Earth? Created: Friday, January 29, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Though the vast majority of insects do us no harm, and, in fact, make our lives better, a few insects exist that can kill us. Which is the deadliest insect on Earth?
    • How Do Insects Hear? Created: Friday, March 21, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      There are four types of auditory organs that insects can use to detect sounds. Learn what they are, and which insects have which types.
    • What Are Galls? Created: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Are you finding lumps, masses, or spheres on your trees or other plants? They might be galls. Learn what galls are, and which arthropods produce them.
    • Brown Recluse Bite? Grab a Stun Gun and Zap Away the Pain Created: Monday, December 22, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      While Googling some information on brown recluse bites, my eyes were immediately drawn to two words that seemed out of place - stun gun. As in, "uses a stun gun
    • Traveling? Check the Bedbug Registry for Hotels to Avoid Created: Monday, July 27, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Last summer, I had my first encounter with bedbugs in a Virginia hotel room. Fortunately, I didn't carry the critters with me back home. In the past few years,
    • 10 Funny Bug Riddles Created: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Just for fun - 10 of my favorite bug riddles. Know any good ones? You can share your bug jokes and riddles, too!
    • Nymph Created: Monday, July 25, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Definition of the term nymph. Insects.
    • Insect Pupal Forms Created: Monday, March 25, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Entomologists describe insect pupae using unusual terms: obtect, exarate, coarctate, decticous, and adecticous. Learn about these 5 types of insect pupae, and which terms apply to which insect orde...
    • Courtship Rituals in Insect Mating Created: Thursday, May 14, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Female insects have a lot of possible choices when it comes to mates. To stand out among the competition, males will use all kinds of courtship rituals, from gift giving to aphrodisiacs.

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