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Western subterranean termites

Did You Know: Western Subterranean Termites

September 1, 2015 By
Did you know these facts about Western subterranean termites (Reticulitermes hesperus), or WST? ⦁ WST are a native American species found in the western third of North America. ⦁ WST are attracted especially to Douglas fir trees, attacking the internal sections... Read more»
Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org

Did You Know: Africanized Honey Bees

July 27, 2015 By
African honey bees (Apis mellifera scutella) were first brought to Brazil in the 1950s to increase honey production. In 1957, 26 swarms escaped and headed north, mating with established colonies of European bees (A. m. ligustica and A. m. iberiensis). The... Read more»
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Did You Know: Meadow Mouse

May 25, 2015 By
The meadow mouse, Microtus pennsylvanicus, isn’t a mouse, it’s a vole. It’s also known as the field mouse and meadow vole. The common name is misleading because the morphology of the animal classifies it as a vole. Meadow voles don’t... Read more»
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Photo: Jeff McGovern

Did You Know: Phorid Flies

May 14, 2015 By
The phorid fly is also known as the humpback fly and scuttle fly because it has to make a running start before takeoff. The family includes a species known as the coffin fly (Conicera tibialis) and the world’s smallest fly,... Read more»
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Did You Know? Smoky Cockroach

April 16, 2015 By
The smoky cockroach, smokybrown cockroach and smokey brown cockroach are the same insect: Periplaneta fuliginosa. Smokies love warm, moist areas near the Gulf Coast such as Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Eastern Texas. They’re not tolerant of cold, but can survive... Read more»
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Photo: USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org

Did You Know? Fire Ants

March 20, 2015 By
Red imported fire ant (RIFA) populations cost the United States more than $5 billion annually for medical treatment, damage and control of infestations. This doesn’t include the $750 million in damage they do to livestock and crops. Other “fun facts”... Read more»

Did You Know? American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos

February 5, 2015 By
⦁ Crows are intelligent and can learn to count, talk, solve puzzles, and create and use tools to solve problems. So far, they haven’t figured out the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, but some are clearly smarter than a fifth... Read more»
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Did You Know? Raccoon Reproduction

July 14, 2014 By
■ Raccoons pair up only during the breeding season. Mating occurs as early as January to as late as June. The peak mating period is March to April. ■ After a 65-day gestation period, two to three kits are born.... Read more»
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Did You Know? Spiders

July 11, 2014 By
Spider webs are stringed instruments. The silk can vibrate at a wide range of frequencies and, when plucked, give spiders vital information about the state of their webs. As a spider plucks and pulls on its web, sending out ripples... Read more»
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Did You Know? Wildlife

May 15, 2014 By
Skunks Pepé le Pew’s misguided amorous animated misadventures make skunks seem comical. But when your dog or children get sprayed, you won’t be laughing. Skunks can be found across the United States. Here are a few facts about “polecats:” A... Read more»
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