A Perfect Combination

Today is National Rum Day.  Finally, a holiday I can really support and raise my glass to! In honor of this auspicious day, I am (of course) going to bring insects into it.   Rum is made from sugarcane byproducts, usually molasses or sugarcane juice.  And you know what else likes sugarcane?  Yep, insects!  One of the … Continue reading A Perfect Combination

Florida Friday Favorites

Ah....  a long week ends in sunny (rainy?) Florida for the start of vacation.  I plan on getting in some beach time, drinking lots of wine, eating LOTS of great seafood, and relaxing some.  I brought my camera with me so I am also going to try to learn some photography skills and take some … Continue reading Florida Friday Favorites

The moon is bright, the frogs are out, the insects are a-flying

I am down in Arkansas doing some training and on the long drive down here last night, there was an beautiful, nearly full moon out.  Since this is not my favorite place to be, this was nice to see.  I know, what's not to love about Arkansas?  The oppressive heat and humidity?  The high number … Continue reading The moon is bright, the frogs are out, the insects are a-flying

Moth Week in Three Easy Steps

That's right, it's moth week!  Moth week started ten years ago in New Jersey to celebrate the beauty, life cycle, and habitats of these often overlooked insects.  It is estimated that there may be as many as 500,000 species of moths in the world and this year the focus is on the Sphingidae family.  These are … Continue reading Moth Week in Three Easy Steps

The Pluto Fly-By Article of Your Entomological Dreams

It happened!  New Horizon made the close pass by Pluto!  Pictures coming in!  And why is this important?  Well...  Science! And because I believe I can link just about anything to entomology: Coprophanaeus pluto - a dung beetle, mostly Mexico Euptera pluto - Nymphalid butterfly native to parts of Africa Fodinoidea pluto - Arctiid moth … Continue reading The Pluto Fly-By Article of Your Entomological Dreams