Stories tagged: insects
Thu., May 30, 2019, 4 a.m.
Black flies, commonly known as “buffalo gnats,” are tiny, biting flies that are found near rivers and streams. The flies bite, but do not spread disease.
Fri., May 17, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
As the Palouse shrugs off the last gasps of winter weather, pedestrians and pet owners may have noticed an explosion of activity among that pernicious perennial parasite – the tick.
Thu., April 18, 2019
For this summer’s road trips, skip the license plate game and 100th viewing of “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and try a new diversion we’ll call Name That Splat.
Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 5 a.m.
It’s time to check your houseplants for unwanted visitors. The plants have been somewhat dormant for the last couple of months but with the increasing light, they will soon be …
Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 12:45 p.m.
A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be …
Fri., June 15, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Stink bugs use smell as a defense against predators.
UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018, 9:52 a.m.
To be a farmer, a forester or even a climate scientist, it can help to know a thing or two about insects, like what they eat, where they thrive, which …
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
In addition to widespread suffering and devastation, Hurricane Harvey has brought a plague of floating fire ants to the Houston region.
Tue., July 4, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
To release an Oregon silverspot butterfly caterpillar, biologist Anne Walker takes it out of a little Tupperware container and sets it gently on its preferred food, the spade-shaped leaves of …
Wed., March 29, 2017, 6:54 a.m.
Spiders are quite literally all around us. A recent entomological survey of North Carolina homes turned up spiders in 100 percent of them, including 68 percent of bathrooms and more …
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 1:24 p.m.
Zika may be spread by as many as 35 species of mosquitoes, including seven found in the United States, according to a predictive model created by University of Georgia ecologists …
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 12:58 p.m.
Seven hives’ worth of honey bees at Oak Hill School in Eugene died this winter. When the group of 16 second-grade students who tend to the normally buzzing insects found …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 2:12 p.m.
The Trump administration on Thursday delayed what would be the first endangered designation for a bee species in the continental U.S., one day before it was to take effect.
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016, 5:28 a.m.
Could ants get any cooler? These amazing insects have been known to create rafts and bridges with their bodies and tend to vast fungus gardens. Now, a new study suggests …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 11:52 a.m.
After setting 34,000 traps around the state this summer to catch the much-loathed European and Asian gypsy moths, the Washington state Department of Agriculture has reportedly caught 25 of the …
Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, 7:56 a.m.
Do you know the bugs that share your home? No? Well, pull up a chair and get acquainted. Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado Boulder …
Tue., Oct. 18, 2016, 10:48 a.m.
The population of stink bugs is increasing dramatically in Washington state.
Sun., Oct. 2, 2016, 2 a.m.
A praying mantis is a tough dude among bugs. It’s born to fight, not to flee even a bone-crunching dog.
Sat., July 16, 2016, 4:08 p.m.
Butterflies are more than just another pretty bug.
Sat., July 16, 2016, 4 p.m.
The father of the Dishman Hills Natural Area had his mind on the land, birds, flora and fauna in the 1960s when he helped spearhead the movement to preserve open …
Fri., April 15, 2016, 8:46 a.m.
Officials will soon begin spraying insecticide to keep gypsy moths out of Portland.
Sun., April 10, 2016, 4 a.m.
Unusual creatures are lurking on and under the snow of Mount Spokane. They’re called ice crawlers, and a University of Wisconsin entomologist hypothesizes that these have enough genetic differences to …
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016, 4:47 p.m.
The World Health Organization says it may be necessary to use controversial methods like genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out the insects that are spreading the Zika virus across the …
Sun., March 30, 2014
The graying look of moose you might see in the field this spring isn’t the result of old age. It’s likely the work of blood-sucking ticks.
Sun., Aug. 18, 2013
There sure are a lot of insects out there. While some of them are the good guys, many apparently think you planted a garden just for them. What’s a gardener …
Sun., May 12, 2013
PREDATORS – Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill Wednesday that clears the way to schedule Michigan’s first gray wolf hunting season since the resurgent predator, reviled by some as a …
Tue., Aug. 23, 2011
Latest in a seemingly never-ending series on nature’s attempt to murder me. As I write these words I am trying to ignore a red, itchy welt on my left wrist.
Sun., May 2, 2010
At first I thought I’d disturbed a nest of red ants. Instead they were ladybird beetles – often called ladybugs – swarming on my boots. I was sitting on a …
Thu., April 1, 2010
The mild winter weather offered people ample time to spend outdoors. Now it also means there could be more uninvited houseguests crawling around in springtime. The insects of spring have …