What is it?

Meet Graphosoma lineatum. Or maybe it’s Graphosoma italicum. One’s red and the other orangey. Their colourings seem so similar, though, only an entomologist’s mother could tell them apart. They’re commonly known as stink bugs. Red (or orange) with black stripes and if that weren’t striking enough, it has adorable black dots on its belly. The …

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Part 2: Lawn Alternatives

Have you ever been curious about how we ever came to covet grass lawns? If so, Krystal D’Costa’s 2017 blog The American Obsession with Lawns for Scientific American will get you up to speed. I know there are home associations with strict rules about what can and can’t be done with your lawn. These rules …

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Pesticides 101

PESTICIDES 101 With an approximate 247 million year head start on humans, it’s probable we’ve been battling insects from the get-go. And domination over them seems to be our ultimate goal. However, last century made us well aware that exterminating insects leads to the eradication of many others on this planet, including humans. Broad-based pesticide …

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Neonicotinoids & Garden Centre Plants

Neonicotinoids (neonics) are synthetic systemic pesticides applied to crops & plants via
seed coatings, sprays, injection, or granules that are absorbed throughout the entire
plant: stems, leaves, flowers, pollen & nectar. Even at low levels, exposure to these
pesticides impairs a bee’s ability to function. And more independent research is coming
forward showing the casualty list is much greater than bees.

What is it?

  Well, one of its names is snowberry clearwing. Snowberry clearwing, courtesty Christopher Johnson Insects Unlocked project, U of Texas CC1.0   This adorable insect’s scientific name is Hemaris diffinis. Its also known as common clearwing, bumblebee moth, hummingbird moth and hummingbird sphinx moth. A whole lot of names for such a small critter: 32-51mm …

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