Interesting Entomology Tidbits

chocolate chips We all know that before they can get to the wood, subterranean termites have to move a lot of dirt. Around many structures, “dirt” often means sand. Now you can see how they do it. Dr. Nan-Yao Su and his Ph.D. graduate student Hou-Feng Li posted videos on the Web that show excavating, loading, moving and then depositing sand grains from a number of angles. You can view the videos at

Why do monarch butterflies migrate? Scientists om the University of Massachusetts Medical School uncovered a suite of genes that may be involved in driving the butterflies to migrate towards Mexico for the winter. See details.
Eschew the “Me” Generation. Bees and ants really do have the best interests of the colony at heart. See for details.
Termite Sex! It now appears that termite queens do not always have to have sex to reproduce. See for details.
Forget natural materials like wax, plastic and cardboard are the new IN materials for wild bee homes. See for details.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Especially when the eye is on the top or bottom of a butterfly’s wing. See for details.
Bug Quote
“Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes and caterpillars.” – answer written on a high school science test.

Posted: April 17, 2009

Category: Home Management, Work & Life
Tags: Termites

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