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A Section of Nevada Is
Basically Just Gross Right Now
Jun 19, 2023 12:05 PM CDT
A Section of Nevada Is Basically Just Gross Right Now
Thanks to the invasion of foul-smelling Mormon crickets
- Elko, Nevada, is home to about 20,000 people—and, currently, millions of Mormon crickets. It's a migratory population so overwhelming that Department of Transportation crews have been using plows to clear the roads of the insects' squashed bodies. A DOT tweet last week had photos of the guts-slicked...
They'll Soon Be Back, and It's
Our Job to 'Eliminate' Them
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Apr 29, 2023 12:55 PM CDT
They'll Soon Be Back, and It's Our Job to 'Eliminate' Them
Spotted lanternflies are due to start hatching soon; experts say we need to 'smash' invasive species
- Since 2014, when they apparently made their way from China to the US in a shipping crate, spotted lanternflies have been the bane of farmers, agricultural officials, and plant lovers throughout the Northeast. Now, it's almost time for the eggs of the invasive species to hatch, and experts are...
'Super-Rare' Bug Found
at Walmart Stuns Experts
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Mar 4, 2023 12:10 PM CST
'Super-Rare' Bug Found at Walmart Stuns Experts
It's the first giant lacewing recorded in eastern North America in half a century
- Michael Skvarla, director of Penn State's Insect Identification Laboratory, was examining an insect in front of students over Zoom in the fall of 2020 when he froze. He'd just been explaining that this insect from his personal collection—plucked from the side of an Arkansas Walmart during a...
Border Officials Spot
This Bug for the First Time
Feb 20, 2023 10:10 AM CST
Border Officials Spot This Bug for the First Time
Insect 'corimelaena palmeri' was in a shipment of flowers from Mexico
- US border officials intercepted an unwanted visitor at the border—a bug never before seen in this country. Customs inspectors spotted the insect corimelaena palmeri in a shipment of cut flowers from Mexico, reports CNN . A news release from US Customs and Border Protection says inspectors at the Otay Mesa...
These Wasps Love Planes,
Could Bring Them Down
Dec 10, 2022 10:00 AM CST
These Wasps Love Planes, Could Bring Them Down
Airports employing insecticide, Pitot tube covers to deter keyhole wasp nests
- There are numerous examples of birds colliding with planes in incidents that prove deadly for human passengers, hence why airports use various methods to deter fowl. Now, several airports are working to deter a smaller, airborne pest that also proves a deadly threat: wasps. As the
Wall Street Journal
Spiders to Intentionally
Run Wild at Museum
Sep 26, 2022 9:30 AM CDT
Spiders to Intentionally Run Wild at Museum
Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is letting its creepy-crawlies have free reign over venue during exhibit
- At one of Europe's most famous museums, life is definitely imitating art until early next year. "The museum is teeming with animals this season!" promises Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum in its promotion for "Clara and Crawly Creatures," its new exhibit focusing on insects and other creeping...
Only Humans Were Known
to Do This—Until Now
Feb 8, 2022 11:17 AM CST
Only Humans Were Known to Do This—Until Now
Chimpanzees appear to self-medicate with insects: study
- Officials with the Ozouga Chimpanzee Project at Loango National Park in Gabon first spotted a female chimp taking a tiny winged insect from her mouth and placing it in a wound on her son's foot in November 2019. She then removed the bug and repeated the process two more...
Man's 3-Day Ear Clog
Has a Most Unpleasant Source
in case you missed it
Jan 16, 2022 3:42 PM CST
Man's 3-Day Ear Clog Has a Most Unpleasant Source
New Zealand's Zane Wedding had a cockroach in his ear
- A New Zealand man who thought his ear was clogged with water for three days found out the actual, more unpleasant truth after visiting a specialist on Monday: A cockroach had burrowed its way into his ear canal. CNN reports that Zane Wedding had started feeling like his ear was...
Relentless 'Murder Hornets'
Keep Building Nests
Sep 14, 2021 11:29 AM CDT
Relentless 'Murder Hornets' Keep Building Nests
Wildlife officials in Washington state have destroyed 2 this year, and found a third one
- Murder hornets—more formally known as Asian giant hornets —seem bent on putting down roots in North America. Wildlife officials in Washington state already have destroyed two nests this year and say they'll soon wipe out a newly discovered third one, reports the
. The invasive species first...
Too Many Cicadas to Eat?
Here's Another Use
Jun 17, 2021 8:30 AM CDT
Too Many Cicadas to Eat? Here's Another Use
Dead nitrogen-rich cicadas can be used as fertilizer
- We're about a month into the emergence of Brood X or Great Eastern Brood cicadas, which means the nuisance is nearing an end. "From past cycles, broods last about 4-6 weeks from their first emergence," University of Maryland entomology professor Daniel Gruner tells the
Beachgoers Find Out
What's Been Staining
Their Feet and Ew, No
in case you missed it
Jun 13, 2021 8:00 AM CDT
Beachgoers Find Out What's Been Staining Their Feet and Ew, No
Millions of dead bugs make up black mystery substance at Maine's Wells Beach, scientists say
- People who've recently visited Wells Beach in Maine have often gone home to find their feet stained black—and scientists say they've figured out the gross reason. State officials say it's millions of dead bugs, washed ashore to form a black, slimy substance that resembles tar. Local...
After 17 Years,
'Brood X' Is
Grab a Fork
May 14, 2021 1:20 PM CDT
After 17 Years, 'Brood X' Is Emerging. Grab a Fork
Cicadas are a low-fat, protein-rich sustainable food source, advocates say
- Brood X is about to arrive . That's the name for the group of cicadas that have been nestled underground for the past 17 years, waiting to emerge this month and next month and overrun our yards and parks. Some people enjoy their summer interludes , while others fear them , but...
Billions of Cicadas to
Swarm Eastern US
Jan 26, 2021 10:25 AM CST
Billions of Cicadas to Swarm Eastern US
Have earplugs ready as 17-year cicadas 'may amass in millions'
- Residents of 15 eastern states and the District of Columbia can experience "a rare wonder of the natural world" this spring—if they can get over the noise. Billions of cicadas are expected to emerge from the ground for the first time in 17 years in Delaware, Georgia, Illinois,...
Earth Is Facing an
Jan 13, 2021 2:35 PM CST
Earth Is Facing an 'Insect Apocalypse'
1% to 2% of insects disappear annually, but new habitats could help
- Insects, considered vital to the food chain, are slowly disappearing, at a rate of 1% to 2% each year in some parts of the world, according to researchers, who are urging the general public to lend a helping hand. We're already seeing "death by a thousand cuts,"...
VP Debate Has
Oct 8, 2020 1:00 AM CDT
VP Debate Has Unexpected Guest, on Pence's Head
A fly hanging out in his hair provided a little levity; folks also worried about his red eye
- Two minutes and three seconds. No, that wasn't how long it took moderator Susan Page to rein in the candidates whenever they went over their allotted time. That's how long a clearly noticeable fly remained perched in Mike Pence's closely cropped white hair, offering what
In This Nation, 'Murder Hornets'
Used in Snacks, Drinks, Decor
May 6, 2020 8:27 AM CDT
In This Nation, 'Murder Hornets' Used in Snacks, Drinks, Decor
But don't try what they do in Japan here in the US, scientists warn
- Asian giant hornets (aka "murder hornets") may now be scaring people in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, but while they're just as aggressive and dangerous in Japan, people there don't simply fear them: They eat them. The
New York Times
notes that Japanese gourmands appreciate the...
in Hotel Tub
in case you missed it
Aug 17, 2019 2:15 PM CDT
Entomologist: Keep Your Luggage in Hotel Tub
To avoid bedbugs
- Forget about throwing your suitcase into your hotel room's closet—and don't even think about throwing it onto your bed to unpack it. That's what an insect expert tells the Apartment Therapy blog , and the reason may make you cringe: It's to avoid bringing home any...
'Nothing' Works Well When
It Comes to Killing Cockroaches
Jul 3, 2019 7:56 AM CDT
'Nothing' Works Well When It Comes to Killing Cockroaches
Researchers found the bugs rapidly developed resistance
- If cockroaches gross you out, you are not going to be a fan of this study . New research out of Purdue University has found the most common type of cockroach is getting "closer to invincibility," as a press release puts it. This after researchers tried, and mostly failed,...
Jun 6, 2019 10:20 AM CDT
That Blob Isn't Rain. It's Bugs
Radar spots massive ladybug swarm over Southern California
- Despite a massive green mass spotted north of San Diego on the National Weather Service's radar, there was no downpour in Southern California Tuesday evening. That's because the blob actually "a cloud of lady bugs," according to a NWS tweet . Though the ladybug bloom seemingly covered...
'Hundreds of Bugs' Crawl Out of
Girl's Backpack, Mom Arrested
May 11, 2019 7:30 AM CDT
'Hundreds of Bugs' Crawl Out of Girl's Backpack, Mom Arrested
Jessica Stevenson has been charged with felony child neglect
- When a Florida second grader came to Bagdad Elementary School in Milton with an undesirable smell and soiled clothes, a staffer found out from the little girl she didn't remember the last time she'd bathed. Then, "hundreds of bugs crawled out" of the child's backpack in...
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