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2009-08-06 12:18:00

State Game Lands escape nasty infestations; should be all right for several years HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was written by Joe Kosack, Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist, Pennsylvania Game Commission: Heading into this past spring, it appeared stands of oaks on many Pennsylvania Game Commission State Game Lands were going to be hit hard by gypsy moth caterpillars. Limited funding for spraying from state agencies and municipalities had...

2009-05-15 10:29:26

A mysterious thorny green caterpillar has devastated thousands of acres of livestock grassland in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, scientists said. An estimated 50,000 head of livestock and 50 herding families have been forced to move from land in Usu in the worst plague of caterpillars in three decades, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported. The caterpillars must change into moths before researchers from the Beijing-based Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences can identify...

2009-04-27 09:00:00

Insect Pest Decline in South-central Counties; Strong in Northeast, Central Forests HARRISBURG, Pa., April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Preparing for a spring that may bring declining gypsy moth infestations in some counties and stronger populations in others, the state Bureau of Forestry will target 25 counties in its aerial spraying effort to suppress the woodland insect pest. Gypsy moth numbers are at levels that require 178,382 acres of woodlands be sprayed in the south-central,...

2009-01-23 17:58:27

Hordes of caterpillars are destroying crops and vegetation in northern Liberia, posing a threat to food security, the United Nations said. The situation in Liberia is a national emergency and likely will escalate into a regional crisis involving Guinea, Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire, Winfred Hammon, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization representative, said in a news release. The agency has created a task force to assess the situation, prepare an action plan and develop medium- and...

2009-01-08 16:40:00

New tires allow race cars to take tight turns at high speeds. Hind wings give moths and butterflies similar advantages: They are not necessary for basic flight but help these creatures take tight turns to evade predators."To escape a predator, you don't have to be fast, you just have to be more erratic," said Tom Eisner, a world authority on animal behavior, ecology and evolution and the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Chemical Ecology at Cornell. Eisner is co-author of a study on...

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2008-12-16 16:13:27

Climate change could provide the warmer weather pests prefer, leading to an increase in populations that feed on corn and other crops, according to a new study. Warmer growing season temperatures and milder winters could allow some of these insects to expand their territory and produce an extra generation of offspring each year, said Noah Diffenbaugh, the Purdue University associate professor of earth and atmospheric sciences who led the study. "Our projections showed all of the species...

2008-08-29 03:00:30

By Crable, Ad Umble, Chad AD CRABLE and CHAD UMBLE At the J. Edward Mack Boy Scout camp near Brickerville, officials this fall will reluctantly cut down trees killed by rampaging gypsy moths to keep the timber from falling on buildings occupied by Scouts. At popular Gov. Dick Park, also in the Furnace Hills, officials expect to have to "salvage cut" several hundred dead trees and replant parts of the forest. And earlier this summer, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced it was...

2008-08-28 06:00:43

By Ad Crable; Chad Umble AD CRABLE and CHAD UMBLE At the J. Edward Mack Boy Scout camp near Brickerville, officials this fall will reluctantly cut down trees killed by rampaging gypsy moths to keep the timber from falling on buildings occupied by Scouts. At popular Gov. Dick Park, also in the Furnace Hills, officials expect to have to "salvage cut" several hundred dead trees and replant parts of the forest. And earlier this summer, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced it was...

2008-07-15 15:00:00

By DANIELA FLORES, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON There was an increase in the number of trees damaged by gypsy moths this year in New Jersey, but officials nonetheless say prevention programs are working. "We are seeing less damage in the areas that were sprayed and have seen a shift in the gypsy moth population from South Jersey to northwest areas of our state," said state Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus. "We will now focus on the places that were not sprayed where the gypsy...

2008-07-15 03:00:21

By Jan Hefler, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 15--New Jersey officials say gypsy moth caterpillars this year stripped the leaves off thousands of acres of trees -- hitting hard in Burlington County, but doing considerably less damage than was expected. Based on aerial surveys, the caterpillars defoliated nearly 340,000 acres statewide, or about 20,000 more acres than last year, when the infestation was the worst it had been in 17 years. But Joe Zoltowski, coordinator of the Department of...


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Desert Red Bat, Lasiurus blossevillii
2012-04-25 05:07:00

The desert red bat, or western red bat, is one of 318 species of vesper bats. These bats can be found in North America, Central America, and even down to the northern most parts of South America. Like birds, the desert red bat migrates to warmer, desert climates during winter and returns to cooler climates during warm seasons. Males and females of this species have different migrating habits, and this hinders mating because they are always in different areas at different times. They will mate...

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2009-04-28 20:58:59

The Agrotis infusa or Bogong moth is a species of nocturnal moth that in spring will swarm in great numbers around public buildings in Canberra, Australia. They are commonly found in Southern parts of Australia featuring a wingspan of one and three quarters inches and are brown or black in color with stout bodies covered with long thick scales. Larvae are often called cutworms and feed on a variety of plants of which they "cut" pieces and carry them back to their burrows for food. Adult...

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2009-04-28 19:30:52

Three species in the Acherontia genus make up the group commonly referred to as the Death's-head Hawkmoth. One species is native to Europe, while the other two are found in Asia. These moths are named for their unique skull shaped markings on their thorax and vividly colored abdomens. They are also capable to making loud noises if frightened. These moths will invade beehives for honey and will come and go unharmed because they imitated the scent of the bees. Females will lay green or...

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2008-08-06 17:51:14

The Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia), also known as the Eyed Tiger Moth, is a moth of the Arctiidae family. It is distributed throughout the southern and eastern United States from New England to Mexico. This species has a wingspan of 3 inches. The wings are bright white with a pattern of neat black blotches, some hollow and some solid. The abdomen is dark blue with orange markings. The male has a narrow yellow line on the sides. Its legs have black and white bands. Adult moths...

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2005-09-08 12:27:59

PHOTO CAPTION: Elachista rufocinerea (Photo taken by Keith Edkins) The Elachistidae are a family of Lepidoptera (moths). Their larvae have a wide variety of habits including leaf tiers, seed borers, and leaf or stem miners. The Emperor Gum Moth (Opodiphthera eucalypti) is a species native to Australia, and can be easily found in all the states except for Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. Eggs The eggs are laid on a leaf either singly or several in a row usually on...

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