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Tag Archives: ants
“What are those white things inside an ant nest?”
Last Friday I was tasked with collecting some fire ant decapitating flies (Pseudacteon curvatus). Lucky for me, the season for collecting these flies hasn’t completely ended. Also, to my surprise, there are still a lot of visible fire ant mounds … Continue reading
Posted in Identification Tagged ants, brood, Fire ants, What are those white things in an ant nest 2 Comments
Announcment – New Writer – Joanie Mars
Written by Nancy Miorelli I am so excited and honored to introduce Joanie Mars as our new writer. When Joe and I started this little project about three years ago, we had no idea that it was going to grow … Continue reading
How much water can ants drink?
Written by Joe Ballenger Your Name: charles Your Bug Question: How much can an ant drink of water? I thought this question about how ants drink was really cool. It’s a question that has a pretty simple answer at first, … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Physiology Tagged ants, Drinking, Mouthparts 2 Comments
Do wasps bite, and does their saliva have any defensive properties?
Today’s question comes to us from a friend of mine, through a conversation on FB instant messenger. Wasps are a huge group, and at least 150,000 types of bees, wasps and ants have been described by scientists. Despite the fact … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Chemistry, Ecology, Evolution, Physiology, Pollination, Research, Taxonomy Tagged ants, Bees, Beneficial Insects, Biochemistry 8 Comments
How do I deal with an infestation?
Post written by Joe Ballenger and Nancy Miorelli By far the most common question we receive is about infestations and having just found a cockroach in my house myself, I thought it would be a good time to say something … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Culture, Ecology, Pest Management Tagged ants, Beetles, Bug, Bugs, Cockroaches, Fleas, Flies, Infestations 13 Comments
Are Anthills Waterproof?
Written by Nancy Miorelli A few weeks ago I answered a question about what insects do when it rains. Which then prompted this question – what about ants? What about their nests? They are on the ground after all. Well, it’s … Continue reading
How do you identify fire ants?
Written by Joe Ballenger Question submitted by Bridget Mendel’s first grade class. Fire ants are a really big problem. They’ve got a really nasty attitude towards both people and other bugs. They’re really common, and it’s too easy to step … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Education, Taxonomy Tagged ants, Kids Questions Leave a comment
Which Bug Has World Domination?
Written by Nancy Miorelli There are a lot of bugs on the planet. We currently know of about one million species. Beetles alone make up ¹/₅ of all known species on earth! So if you were to name every species on your fingers, … Continue reading
Posted in Ecology Tagged ants, Kids Questions, Population, Termites 2 Comments
What Do Bugs Do When It Rains?
Written by Nancy Miorelli It’s been raining here for the past week and a half. I feel like I should have invested in an ark instead of a new computer. And if you think I’m exaggerating (okay, but only slightly) we’ve gotten … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Physiology Tagged ants, Bugs, Butterflies, Mosquitoes, Rain, rain beetles, Weather 10 Comments
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