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News stories tagged with "insects"

Natural Selections: Swallowtail Butterflies

Various species of swallowtail butterfly are a common sight in fields and woodlands early in the year. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about their varieties, and how apparently different forms can occur within the same species.  Go to full article

Controlling Pests in the Garden

Insect control is one of the biggest problems that all gardeners have to deal with. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips on how to protect the garden from pests.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Snow Fleas Revisited

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, they're a little weird, even for insects.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: BT Corn and Monarch Butterflies

Recent studies verify the theory that BT corn, genetically-engineered to produce its own pesticides, is harmful to the monarch butterfly, producing a high rate of mortality in larvae that feed on milkweed near BT corn fields. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss this and other butterfly news.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Household Insects

Human attempts to keep insects out of the house probably date back to neolithic times. While there are no fool-proof answers, Dr. Curt Stager talks to Martha Foley about some ways to use insect behavior to increase the effectiveness of pest control.  Go to full article
Blister beetle
Blister beetle

Natural Selections: Chemical Ecology

Everybody knows about the food chain, Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager explore the "chemical chain" connecting such creatures as fire-colored beetles and blister beetles.  Go to full article

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