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Debbie Hadley

Updated Articles and Resources

By Debbie Hadley

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • 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.
    • The Travelers' Guide to Avoiding Bed Bugs at Hotels Created: Monday, October 26, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      How do bed bugs get in your home? They travel home with family members who stay in bed bug infested hotels, usually. Learn how to avoid bed bugs at hotels by planning wisely, inspecting thoroughly, and taking control measures when you return home.
    • Insect Migration Created: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Like birds, mammals, and other larger animals, some insects migrate. Insect migration is more than just movement from one place to another. Learn what migration is, and why and when insects relocat...
    • Can Insects Learn? Created: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Most insect behavior is genetically programmed, or innate. A caterpillar with no prior experience or instruction, can spin a silken cocoon. But can an insect change its behavior as a result of its ...
    • Daddy Longlegs, Order Opiliones Created: Monday, September 27, 2010 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      Opilionids go by many names: daddy longlegs, harvestmen, shepherd spiders, and harvest spiders. These eight-legged arachnids are commonly misidentified as spiders, but they actually belong to their own, separate group – the order Opiliones.
    • How to Identify Insects That Look Alike Created: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      How do you tell the difference between two bugs that look similar? This guide will help you differentiate between insects and other arthropods that are commonly mistaken for one another.
    • How Insects Taste Their Food Created: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      Since some insects eat very specific plants or prey, they must have a way to distinguish one taste from another. How does an insect taste its food?
    • Monarch Butterfly, Danaus Plexippus Created: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      The Monarch butterfly, familiar to nearly everyone in North America, depends on milkweed plants for caterpillars to eat. The orange and black butterflies are best known for their seasonal migrations to and from Mexico.
    • How Do Jumping Spiders Jump? Created: Tuesday, October 05, 2010 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      Tiny jumping spiders impress us with their remarkable jumping skills. Surprisingly, they don't rely on muscles to launch themselves in the air. How do jumping spiders jump?
    • Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Created: Sunday, March 01, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      In the eastern U.S., emerald ash borer may be the worst tree pest of all. Since its accidental introduction from Asia in the 1990's, emerald ash borers have killed millions of ash trees. Worse still, this invasive pest is spreading. Make sure you know how to identify it when it reaches your neck of the woods.
    • Stag Beetles, Family Lucanidae Created: Friday, July 29, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      In some parts of the world, people rear stag beetles and stage battles between then. Learn about these large insects, the stag beetles (family Lucanidae).
    • Ground Beetles, Family Carabidae Created: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Ground beetles hide under rocks and boards by day, and hunt insects and other invertebrates by night. Most are predatory in both the larval and adult stages, making ground beetles true powerhouses among the beneficial insects of the garden.

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