Insects


Can Fleas Survive Winter?

Alabama still has fleas. Just when I thought fleas were a late summertime problem, I’m heading into winter and she’s itchier than ever. Unfortunately, indoor fleas don’t go into hibernation like outdoor ones do. Luckily, it’s easy to get rid of fleas in the wintertime. Once I’ve treated Alabama for her fleas, I can let her outdoors without fearing new fleas will attach themselves to her. This is due to the low humidity levels, which kill off outdoor eggs, larvae, and adult fleas. Here’s a breakdown of how I’m planning to eliminate our indoor infestation, and protect our home from […]


The Different Types of House Centipedes

Centipedes are arthropods and therefore recognizable by their visible exoskeleton and numerous legs. House centipedes can be found in dark basements, under floorboards, behind furniture and in a multitude of other places. The house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata) is one of a kind, but there are many other centipede types that may be dwelling in or around your house. House Centipede (Scutigera Coleoptrata) Adult house centipedes are easily identified by their legs. They have a grand total of thirty legs. Most of their legs are the same size, but a single pair extends farther than the others, sometimes twice the length […]


All About Insects: Caterpillar Cocoons

A cocoon is a silk wrapping made from glands inside a caterpillar’s mouth. Sometimes, caterpillars will fasten leaves together, drawing them around their bodies and blending them with silk to make a cocoon. Other caterpillars, such as silk moths, forgo leaves, creating their entire cocoon from silk. Once the cocoon is created, the caterpillar pupates inside and emerges a moth. Cocoon Colors Cocoons come in all different colors. The color is typically dependent on the environment. In order to protect themselves from predators, a caterpillar’s cocoon will blend with the plant life he’s surrounded by. For example, a luna moth’s […]

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All About Waterbugs

There are all sorts of waterbugs, including the giant waterbug and the water scorpion. Some species of waterbugs have wings, while others don’t. For instance, a water boatman does not have wings. He has oar-shaped feet that are sometimes mistaken for wings. Both a water scorpion and a backswimmer do have wings. Identifying Waterbugs with Wings True waterbugs are classified under the order Hemiptera. Many aquatic hemiptera insects, such as water scorpions, are also classified under the sub-order heteroptera. The sub-order heteroptera has distinguishable wings. Water scorpions, and other insects belonging to the sub-order heteroptera, have two sets of wings. […]


All About Insects: Compound Eyes (AKA Simple Eyes)

Simple eyes help insects detect close range objects. This term is used to define eye structures that aren’t compounded, or otherwise more complicated. As its title suggests, simple eyes don’t have the additional structures that are used for seeing far range, such as corneas. All adult insects have simple eyes, including some species of nymphs and naiads, such as dragonflies. Honey bees, in particular, have three simple eyes located just above their compound eyes. The Compound Eyes Like all adult insects, honey bees have both compound and simple eyes. A honey bee’s compound eyes give him the ability to detect […]

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