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The return of the black fly

This pest of the northern spring can travel up to twenty miles on the wind. How to get away? Dress in yellow, some suggest, or tie a dragonfly to your hat. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager consult.  Go to full article
"Whirligig" water beetles. Photo: <a href="">Zen Sutherland</a>, CC some rights reserved
"Whirligig" water beetles. Photo: Zen Sutherland, CC some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Whirligig Beetles

Watching whirligig water beetles, found in circling clumps on the surface of calm fresh water, is a favorite childhood activity of many, including one-time child Martha Foley. Dr. Curt Stager explains the method behind their madcap collective behavior. (Note: Dr. William Romey teaches at SUNY Potsdam.)  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Dragonflies, part 2

The Japanese trap dragonflies with weighted silk threads, treasuring their association with the virtues of happiness, courage and strength. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley continue their discussion of dragonflies and their habits.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Dragonflies, part 1

Dragonflies, the largest flying insect predators, can be startling, but are not known for biting humans. As Dr. Curt Stager tells Martha Foley, however, one is reported to have killed a hummingbird.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Tent Caterpillars

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley take a look at the voracious caterpillars that make their homes in silky "tent" structures in trees.  Go to full article
Sirex woodwasps
Sirex woodwasps

Invasives spread across North Country; threaten Adirondack Park

The Sirex wood wasp has now spread across most of New York and virtually all the North Country. By burrowing and laying eggs in pine and scotch trees, the invasive insect kills them by introducing a fungus into their sap. As Jonathan Brown reports, officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation are considering hauling restrictions, and possibly quarantines, to keep the wasps from spreading further.  Go to full article
Emerald ash borer
Emerald ash borer

Keeping out some nasty, wood-eating invaders

State environmental officials are warning people about bringing firewood srom down-state to camps and campgrounds in the North Country. As Jonathan Brown reports, the concern is over some destructive insects hitching rides in firewood and spreading across the northeast and into Canada.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Black Flies

This pest of the northern spring targets other species than humans. Some varieties annoy deer and some live in the tree canopy to bedevil the birds. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager enumerate the victims.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Venus, Mars and Canker Worm Moths

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley wonder: what's up with insects? A student brought in two obviously disimilar insects who appeared to be mating. But no, the canker worm moth can tell the difference--it's just that the female of the species has no wings. This and other arthropodical oddities on Natural Selections.  Go to full article

Mark Berninghausen is North Country Public Radio

Mark Berninghausen, a beekeeper from Brasher Falls, explains how he "knocks on the door" of a hive without riling up the residents.  Go to full article

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