Harlequin bugs

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PEST: Harlequin bug (adults about 1/2″ long, red & black in color) WHERE: cabbage, cauliflower, mustard, collards, etc. DAMAGE: piercing-sucking mouthparts suck plant juices leading to browning, wilting, & death of plant OPTIONS: pull out heavily infested plants; hand pick or vacuum insects off plants; pesticides (insecticidal soap, azadirachtin, permethrin, etc.)

Ant or termite swarmer?

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With the warm(ish) temperatures- I know, it’s been all over the thermometer in Central Texas the past few weeks!- and the rain, both ant and termite swarmers have been spotted around town.  So if these insects emerge around the same time, do you know how to tell the difference? Ants will have the following: Antennae are elbowed Front wings are larger than hind wings No wing scale (they chew off their wings after the land on the ground) Middle part of the body is narrowed/ constricted Termites will… Read More →

Buzz Pollination a.k.a. sonication

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Buzz pollination is a method used by some bees- NOT honeybees- to release pollen from flower anthers.  The bees want pollen because it is a great source of protein and they use it developing offspring. Here’s a really cool (and short video) that explains and shows in detail how it works.

Lucas the Spider

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Please, please, please tell me that y’all know about Lucas the Spider!  If you don’t, where have you been?!?!  Lucas is the cutest spider on Youtube and he has various fan club pages on Facebook. Lucas was created by Joshua Slice and is voiced by his nephew.  Lucas was created after Slice saw a photo of a spider online and he has created a character that is adorable, hoping to challenge fear of all things creepy-crawly. You can find the videos of Lucas here. The Dodo has a great clip about the… Read More →

It’s officially spring….crane flies are out

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What goes hand in hand with spring in Central Texas? ….well…. the smell of grape sweet tarts from mountain laurels blooming, pink buds on Red bud trees, and the sight of my dog jumping around trying to capture crane flies in the backyard. Crane flies are a harmless insect that can sometimes become a nuisance when they come into the house.  Crane flies spend the majority of their life as larvae in damp locations- think edges of ponds, streams, wet logs, etc.  They only live a few days… Read More →

Name a cockroach for Valentine’s Day

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What do you get a beau who loves cockroaches?  Why, you name a cockroach for them! The Bronx Zoo has various packages available staring at $15 for a basic naming of a cockroach and going up to $75 for a package that includes naming a roach, a cockroach pin, cockroach chocolate candies, and cockroach socks!  For those of you who do not know me well, a fun fact is that I LOVE weird socks (today I’m wearing Tacosaurus socks) and when I saw the cockroach socks it was… Read More →

2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series- FREE!

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The 2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series kicks off Friday, February 2nd  at 1 pm CST! Our speaker, Norm Haley,  from Alabama Extension, will be will be discussing “Feral Hogs, Ecology, and Control”.  The webinar will be recorded, so you can watch it any time.  To watch a webinar, just log in as a guest 15 minutes before the webinar begins. Please share this with anyone who might be interested. You can find the login information below. Thank you for supporting our program and we hope you listen… Read More →

Austin 7th Annual Beekeeping Seminar

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When:        Jan. 27, 2018  Who:           Austin Area Beekeepers Association Where:       Norris Conference Centers, 2525 W Anderson Ln #365, Austin, TX 78757 Cost:          $60   Register at:  https://aabaseminar2018.eventbrite.com Why: The mission of this daylong seminar is to educate people of all experience levels in sustainable science-based bee husbandry and to provide support to worthy bee charities. The lion’s share of the proceeds are donated to the Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab, the Texas Beekeepers Association Queen’s Program, the Texas Master Beekeeping Program and other bee charities.    Description: This is a daylong seminar offering 5 different educational presentations… Read More →

2017 Holiday Gift Wish List

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Ready for the 2017 arthropod gift idea list?  Hopefully I’ve found something for every discerning person on your gift list. Not only are these spider slippers adorable, but they will also keep your toes toasty on those chilly winter evenings.             If those slippers are a bit too cutesy for you, then you can try these classier Jimmy Choo Sloane scarab slippers.  Unfortunately (or fortunately based upon your budget), these are currently sold out.         For the more intellectual person on your gift… Read More →

Free Webinar Today- Don’t Let Bed Bugs Hamper Your Vacation Plans

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What: “All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series” When: Friday , December 1st at 1:00 pm CST Who: Alan Brown,  from ABC Home & Commercial Services in Austin, TX,  Topic: “Don’t Let Bed Bugs Hamper Your Vacation Plans”.  This will be great information as many of us get ready to travel for the holidays. The link to the live webinar is here: https://extension.zoom.us/j/885968890 Details: The webinar will be recorded, so you can watch it any time.  To watch a webinar, just log in as a guest 15 minutes before the… Read More →