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Insectclopedia

The Vampires of the Insect World: Ticks

The Vampires of the Insect World: Ticks If you’ve ever been for a long walk in a field of tall grass or an overgrown forest, chances are you’ve become the reluctant host of at least one tick, and probably many more. Ticks are one of the most reviled of all insect parasites, not just because Read More

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Earwigs: No Ears, No Wigs

Earwigs: No Ears, No Wigs In the whole wide world of insects, there’s probably not one bug with a more unfortunate name or history than the earwig. Earwigs derived their name from a popular and very old notion that the wiggly insect liked crawling into people’s ears and establishing a base camp inside the ear Read More

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Flies: Personally a Nuisance, Scientifically a Wonder

Flies: Personally a Nuisance, Scientifically a Wonder They ruin your picnics, land in your drinks and can even strike you with painful bites. But, flies aren’t just a nuisance; they’re a fascinating piece of our environment. A surprisingly wide array of insects fall into the same family as flies. Flies are members of the insect Read More

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What’s That Smell? The Name Says It: Stink Bugs!

What’s That Smell? The Name Says It: Stink Bugs! Bugs are all around us, even if you don’t see them all the time. Some of them can be harmful, and most won’t bother you. But then there’s the stink bug. It’s not really harmful, but who wants to be around a bug that smells? You Read More

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I Went on Vacation and All I Got Were These Lousy Bedbugs

I Went on Vacation and All I Got Were These Lousy Bedbugs You have bedbugs? You must be dirty. That’s a pretty common conception about bedbug infestations – but it’s actually not true. Bedbugs aren’t attracted to dirt; they’re attracted to our body heat and to the carbon dioxide we exhale. What IS true is Read More

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Beetles on the Hunt for. . .Dung?

Beetles on the Hunt for. . .Dung? Dung. It’s not the most interesting or pleasant subject. But for some beetles, it’s their life and livelihood. These beetles are very interested in the excrement of other animals, and you can find them all over the world. If you really just have to get away from dung Read More

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Carpet Beetles? Not Just for Carpets. . .

Carpet Beetles? Not Just for Carpets. . . Seeing an unidentified bug crawling across the carpet can really be upsetting, but when you know what kind of creature it is, there’s often less to worry about. That’s why it’s good to take a careful look at the tiny insect, and see what markings you can Read More

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Buzz, Smack, Swipe: The Sounds of a Mosquito Summer

Buzz, Smack, Swipe: The Sounds of a Mosquito Summer You’re having fun outdoors, and it’s getting dusk. The air is pleasant, and the grass feels cool under your feet. Suddenly, you feel a pinching sting on your arm, ruining the peacefulness of the evening. Instinctively, you slap at the pain, and then lift your hand Read More

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The World Wide Web: Not Just for Computers

The World Wide Web: Not Just for Computers It’s happened to most of us: you’re walking down the sidewalk and suddenly your face makes contact with a spider web. Sputtering and waving your arms, you try to pull it all off. From a distance, you probably look ridiculous. But it gets worse: is the spider Read More

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Homeowners’ Most Wanted: Roaches

Homeowners’ Most Wanted: Roaches Few insects can make people squirm like the much-maligned cockroach. Just the thought of one of these shiny-backed insects skittering across a floor or, worse, countertop late at night is enough to give even the most stalwart individual the heebiejeebies. And their longstanding reputation as being the only creature able to Read More

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Fleas: Keeping Veterinarians In Business

Fleas: Keeping Veterinarians In Business   It’s a beautiful, sunny summer day outside and you decide that it would be a nice opportunity to go outside and play a little “fetch” with man’s best friend, the family dog. You’re only outside for about a half hour before the little guy gets tuckered out, so you Read More

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Ants are. . .Everywhere.

Ants are. . .Everywhere. Why was the baby ant confused? Because all its uncles were ants. For a lot of people, that old-time joke is about as far as their knowledge of ants goes (if it goes that far), and that’s too bad. Why? Because as it turns out, ants lead pretty interesting lives, and Read More

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Termites Eating Wood

Termites Are Hungry… and Your Home is the Drive Thru

Termites Are Hungry… and Your Home is the Drive Thru Termites are a diverse and ecologically important group of insects found all over the world. There are over 2,600 types of termites worldwide, 45 of which are present in the U.S. With a large presence on every land mass except Antarctica, they are considered one of the Read More

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