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Natural Selections: Fleas

Cats have their own, dogs have theirs, and we do, too. Ancient Romans thought fleas were generated from dust. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss this old "friend" of humankind, the flea.  Go to full article

West Nile Confirmed in St. Lawrence County

St. Lawrence County Health officials say a crow found in the eastern part of the county has tested positive for West Nile virus. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article
<font size='1'>Ants with aphid on pepper plant</font>
Ants with aphid on pepper plant

Natural Selections: Ant Mimics

Ants seem to be everywhere in the environment; some insects mimic ants in appearance and smell. Dr. Curt Stager tells Martha Foley one theory about why ants "milk" aphids--they think they're talking to another ant.  Go to full article
Wooly Bear Catterpilar
Wooly Bear Catterpilar

Natural Selections: Autumn Insects

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss wooly bear caterpillars, crickets and other autumn insect guests and pests.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Ants

Ants may be small, but they are rather sophisticated and even "diabolical," as Martha Foley puts it, when she and Dr. Curt Stager take on ants.  Go to full article

Natural Selctions: Bumblebee Fuzz

Are bumblebees actually furry? Martha asks Dr. Curt Stager to explain the nature and purpose of bumblebee fuzz.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Honeybees

Fewer honeybees doesn't just mean less honey. Honeybees also play a large role in the agricultural world. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foleytell why bees are such valuable resources.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Snow Flies

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about snow flies. This tiny wingless fly likes the cold, making their own antifreeze to survive the weather. They are a pest only to rodents, carrying the roundworm parasites that infect them.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Snow Fleas

Anyone who has had pets has heard of fleas. But snow fleas--that's a different story! As Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley explain, these tiny critters look like pepper on the snow on days just above freezing.  Go to full article

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