The regular, week long training has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID, but we are hosting a four part online Zoom training for you to get your entomology fix! Time for each meeting: 6-7:30pm October 6 – Entomology 101 & How to ID Common Insect Orders October 7 – Native Pollinators & Pollinator Gardening October 13 – Veggie Pest Management October 14 – Landscape and Ornamental Pest Management Presenters include: Molly Keck, Erfan Vafaie, Wizzie Brown Register here: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/organizationListings/11 Cost is $25 for all four sessions. Presentations… Read More →
Over the past week I’ve been getting questions on large wasps that people are seeing emerging from the ground. They want to know what they are and be reassured that they are not the Asian giant hornet. These wasps are known as cicada killers and are aptly named. Cicada killers are large wasps, reaching around 1.5 inches. They have a rusty colored head and thorax with a black and yellow patterned abdomen. The wings are also rusty in color, but transparent. Cicada killer wasps are solitary, but multiple… Read More →
What headline can draw people away from their thoughts dwelling on the current state of the world and Coronavirus? That would be MURDER HORNETS! I cannot think of a more sensationalized headline, so kudos to whomever came up with that attention grabber. This headline is popping up everywhere from social media outlets, television, newspapers, and others. Quite frankly, it makes me cringe each time I see it. Let’s begin with the terminology “murder” hornet. The definition of murder is “the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by… Read More →
So those of you who really know me, are aware that I have beetle tattoos all over my back. Well, I have been outdone. This tattoo is amazing and to be honest, makes me a bit jealous…..
I know what you are thinking….spiders?! At Christmas?! Spiders are for Halloween. Well, not in all parts of the world. There are stories in Eastern Europe, usually from the Ukraine, that tell of a Christmas spider and people will include a spider ornament on their Christmas tree. There is more than one story out there, so you can choose your favorite. Version One: A poor but hardworking widow once lived in a small hut with her children. One summer day, a pine cone fell on the earthen floor… Read More →
It’s that time of year again! Do you have an arthropod lover in your family? If so, then here are some great gift ideas! First up is an art piece that I find utterly charming. The artist is Paul Sumner and you can find his work here. I think that he calls his pieces beetles, but I think they look more like cockroaches (big shock why I love them….). I found this one particularly unique because it is made from a can of Black Flag insecticide. What can be… Read More →
So last time I posted about rain and mosquitoes. I thought I needed to follow up that post with one on rain and imported fire ants, especially since it’s still raining. I’ve been getting a fair number of inquiries about imported fire ants as of late. There are usually two categories of questions that I’ve been fielding: 1. What happens to fire ants when it floods? 2. How do I control all the fire ants that are popping up? I have covered both of these topics before and… Read More →
With all of the rain that we have received lately and more on the way, it’s understandable for people to be concerned about mosquitoes. I’m not going to rehash everything here in this post, but I will direct you to past posts on mosquito topics. I do want to let people know of floodwater mosquitoes which are different from our normal culprits. I usually get the statement of the “huge mosquito” or a “mosquito that REALLY hurts when it bites” or a “mosquito that tried to carry them… Read More →
I have been getting questions on armyworms and consulting with other entomologists, they have been as well. So, instead of me recreating the wheel, I am going to link you to a publication written by Dr. Allen Knutson. Also, if you want to learn how to prepare your home to keep unwanted guest- in this case insects, not relatives- from entering your house, check out this month’s All Bugs Good and Bad webinar provided by Janet Hurley.