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Fossils Clarify Origins Of Wasps And Their Kin
2013-12-04 19:00:47

Pensoft Publishers Wasps, bees, ants and relatives comprise the megadiverse insect order Hymenoptera, the third most speciose animal group on Earth, far surpassing the number of known vertebrate species. All the four most diverse orders of animals (beetles, butterflies, wasps, and true flies) belong to the group of insects with complete metamorphosis, i.e. having a dormant pupa, jointly known as Holometabola. Other holometabolans are lacewings, alderflies, dobsonflies, snakeflies,...

2012-08-05 23:00:48

Three termite industry tips to help save homeowners big money! Source: Mike Allen, Author of "Termite Answers" Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 05, 2012 Termite season is here in full force and homeowners all over are opening their wallets to eliminate and repair the structural damage. The average cost to eradicate termites is between $500.00 and $3000.00. “This price range is for the same treatments with the same chemicals, and warranty periods, depending on what “Named”...

Older Termites Pack An Explosive Punch
2012-07-27 06:16:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just like wine and scotch, a species of termite has been found to just get better with age, except instead of developing tasty tannins, they develop a bitter way of inflicting pain on their enemies. As worker termites begin to grow older, their ability to perform their duties starts to age with it. However, instead of moving off to Florida, living off a nest egg and retiring, they develop a toxic crystal backpack and start a new role...

2012-07-11 23:00:03

Pest Barrier, a division of Bird Barrier America, Inc., offers a line of green, innovative, revolutionary solutions to the pest management industry. The 2012 Pest Barrier catalog is now available in print and online. Carson, CA (PRWEB) July 11, 2012 The 16-page catalog features in-depth descriptions, features and benefits of each product, and shows excellent in-field photography of the products in action. New products in the catalog include the Raptor 357 Magnetic Bait Station, the Magnetic...

2012-06-11 23:00:30

Maxion Labs Founder Discovers Innovative Solution to Garbage Can Breeding of Maggots and Flies Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) June 11, 2012 Fly Erase is the innovation developed by Dan O'Connor, a recent Bowling Green State University graduate looking for employment in an extremely tight job market who knew he needed to rely on his entrepreneurial spirit to gain a foothold in this economy. O'Connor uncovered direction for his energies in his parents' trash cans, while taking his parents' garbage...

Prehistoric Flea-Like Insects Were A Mean Bunch
2012-05-02 07:09:47

Illustration by Wang Cheng, Oregon State University --- Massive flea-like insect fossils discovered by Chinese scientists are believed to be the oldest of their kind, and may have feasted on dinosaurs some 165 million years ago, according to zoologists who analyzed the creatures. The fossils were discovered in Inner Mongolia by a group of Chinese scientists, and recently announced in the journal Current Biology. The blood-sucking pests, which are similar to fleas, are more likely...

2012-04-30 19:50:19

University of Florida lepidopterist Andrei Sourakov has spent his life´s work studying moths and butterflies. But it was his teenage daughter, Alexandra, who led research on how color impacts butterflies´ feeding patterns. The research shows different species exhibit unique foraging behaviors, and the study may be used to build more effective, species-specific synthetic lures for understanding pollinators, insects on which humans depend for sustaining many crops. In a study...

2012-04-26 23:02:09

A national study by HomeTeam Pest Defense, the third largest residential pest control company in the U.S., finds that 84 percent of America´s homeowners experienced a pest problem in the past 12 months. The top pest issues for homeowners in the last year were ants (49 percent), spiders (43 percent), flies (37 percent), mosquitoes (34 percent), mice (30 percent) and wasps (29 percent). Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 26, 2012 A national study by HomeTeam Pest Defense, the third largest...


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2005-09-09 09:12:45

A caterpillar is the larval form of a lepidopteran (a member of the insect order comprising butterflies and moths). Caterpillars are characterized by their long segmented bodies and many sets of "legs". They eat voracious leaf eaters and grow rapidly, During growth the caterpillar will shed its skin four to five times before pupating into its adult form. Caterpillars have six true legs (being hexapods) on the thorax, up to four pairs of prolegs on the middle segments of the abdomen, and...

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2005-09-08 14:31:33

The Dragonfly is an insect belonging to the Order Odonata and suborder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multi-faceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. The dragonfly's diet consists typically of mosquitoes, midges and other small insects like flies, bees, and butterflies. They can be found around lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their larvae (known as nymphs) are aquatic. Dragonflies do not bite or sting humans. Instead they are valued...

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2005-09-08 12:23:38

PHOTO CAPTION: Eriothrix rufomaculata (Photo taken by Keith Edkins) The tachinid flies (family Tachinidae) are by far the largest and most important group of insect parasitic flies, with over 1300 species in North America. It is a diverse group with some resembling drab houseflies and others brilliantly colored. All species are parasitic in the larval stage, and many are important natural enemies of major pests. Many species of tachinids have been introduced into North America from...

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2005-09-08 11:45:51

PHOTO CAPTION: Scanning Electron Micrograph of a Flea (photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Janice Carr) Flea is the common name for any of the small wingless insects of the order Siphonaptera. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals and birds. Some well known flea species include: Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis), Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides canis), Northern Rat Flea (Nosopsyllus fasciatus), Oriental Rat Flea (Xenopsylla...

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2005-09-08 11:11:08

PHOTO CAPTION: Goliath Beetle Beetles are one of the main groups of insects. Their order, Coleoptera (meaning "sheathed wing"), has more species than any other order in the entire animal kingdom. Forty percent of all described insect species are beetles (about 350,000 species), and new species are regularly discovered. Estimates put the total number of species at between 5 and 8 million. When J. B. S. Haldane, a British geneticist, was asked what his studies of nature revealed about...

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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.