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A Rare White Squirrel Was Spotted In A US Neighborhood | Bug Busters USA

Friday, February 24th, 2017

A Rare White Squirrel Was Spotted In A US Neighborhood

White squirrels are exceptionally rare, but they do exist. Some people may have heard of albino squirrels, or albinism in general, but white squirrels are not albino. Although genetics is responsible for both cases of colorlessness, albino squirrels have pink eyes, whereas white squirrels do not. Different parts of the United States have different amounts of white squirrels sightings, and they seem rare enough that you can count yourself lucky if you ever spot one.

Some areas such as the northwest around Washington state, as well as the Midwest seem to have the greatest number of white squirrel sighting, although white squirrels can be found anywhere in the US. In one midwestern city the white squirrel sighting are so frequent that the police force has sports an emblem of a white squirrel. Many small towns around the US pride themselves on their white squirrel populations. Despite the color not being advantageous for camouflage, the white squirrel population seems to be immune to extinction.

Have you ever spotted a white squirrel? If yes, did you know what you were looking at?

First Ever Insect To Physically Possess A System Of Gears

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

An interesting garden insect moves with the help of a set of mechanical gears. That sentence may sound strange, but researchers believe that they have found the first ever insect to a physical constitution that operates in a fashion similar to mechanical gears.

We are all aware of the mechanical gears that make engines operate, well, as it turns out, the insect known as the issus leafhopper also uses mechanical gears in order to jump through the air. This leafhopper has numerous sets of teeth that resemble cogs. The teeth in these cogs intermesh when the leafhopper is using its legs.

The system of gears is very similar in design to man made machines. For example, each tooth that is located on each cog has a rounded corner at the point where each tooth makes contact with the gear strip. This particular feature was thought to have been a completely man made construct, and not a part of the natural world. Maybe humans are not as clever and inventive as we think.

Are there any other examples of particular animals that demonstrate a similar gear system as a part of its anatomy? And if so, do those features function in service of the organism? Or have the gear-like features become obsolete to the organism?

How To Prevent Insects From Invading Your Home

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Nobody likes seeing bugs in their home, but according to one entomologist, keeping bugs entirely out of people’s homes is an impossibility. According to Jeff Whitworth, an entomologist, people will always have to deal with bugs in their homes, but one way to reduce the number of bugs that we see in our homes is to understand how bugs get in in the first place.

Understanding how bugs get into your house is pretty tough to ascertain since most of us live in homes that already seem to be tightly sealed. However, when it comes to bugs in your home, you yourself may be partly responsible since for seeing them. It is not uncommon for bugs to hitch a ride into a person’s home. Bugs could be hiding in your jacket or a shoe, but once these bugs find a food source in your home they will be there to stay. You would be surprised how many bugs you can prevent from becoming fixtures in your home by inspecting yourself for bugs before you enter your home.

Have you ever noticed a live bug on you while you were out and about?

Wasps Use Spider Silk To Patch Wounds

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

A type of wasp that is native to Finland has adapted to make clever use of spider silk. The genus known as Clistopyga lays its eggs inside the dead bodies of jumping spiders. This seems like a strange place to lay eggs, but it turns out that wasps don’t have much to choose from when it comes to finding shelter for their babies. In order to ensure the safety of their larvae these wasps add insult to injury by stealing the jumping spider’s silk after paralyzing the jumping spider with their venom.

The stinger of this type of wasp has many uses. First the wasp will find a jumping spider that it can lay its eggs inside of. Then they immobilize and slowly kill the jumping spider with its venom. Next the wasp will use its stinger to stab the jumping spider in order to lay its eggs inside the spider’s fresh wound. However, the wasp eggs are still vulnerable to predators, as they are not completely shielded from the environment. To fix this problem the wasp rummages through the spider’s nest looking for bits of spider silk, which it then uses to sew up the wound. Once the wound is completely sewed up, the wasp larvae is sure not to be removed from the jumping spiders body cavity. This cruel, yet sophisticated, behavior is pretty impressive considering that a wasp has a brain smaller than a pinpoint.

Why would wasps prefer to store their larvae inside of a jumping spider’s corpse as opposed to finding other forms of shelter? And why a jumping spider and not another type of spider?

 

Which Bugs Bites You Should Worry About

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

For the most part bug bites are just an annoying nuisance. They itch like crazy, and you might get a swollen red bump, but you’re not going to die. However, there are some insect bites you do want to avoid, especially with the increase in insect population that came with the warm and humid summer weather.

For the most part mosquitos are generally just a nuisance. However, two things you need to consider are the Zika virus and West Nile virus. These two viruses can be caught from the Asian tiger mosquito and the Aedes aegypti mosquito. With the Zika virus you might get some flu-like symtpoms, but it is most dangerous for pregnant women, as it has been linked to the birth defect microcephaly. West Nile virus doesn’t generally cause severe symptoms, but you could possibly experience fever, neck stiffness, muscle weakness, disorientation, paralysis, and even coma, as well as possibly permanent neurological effects. Unfortunately the two mosquito species are the ones that stray from the path of most mosquitos and like to bite people all day, and the Asian tiger mosquito is more aggressive than other species. So, wear that insect repellent.

Two other nasty critters I’d stay away from are the horse fly and the black fly. These guys will hunt down any blood meal. They’re not picky, and their bite can seriously hurt, leaving behind painful welts. You also want to stay away from deer ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease. Lyme disease is hard to diagnose at first because it mainly causes flu-like symptoms, along with the hallmark rash some of the time. It can be treated and cured for most with antibiotics, but if it’s left untreated, you could develop arthritis, meningitis, as well as other serious illnesses. Again, you really want to wear your insect repellent when going outside.

What other insects do you know of that cause painful and dangerous reactions or diseases?

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Thank God This Insect is Extinct

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The Meganeura looks like a dragonfly only it is, or was, enormous.  Its wingspan was as long as seventy five centimeters.  And back in prehistoric times this insect was likely so large that it was likely the maximum size allowable by the environment at its time.

Today the oxygen level in the atmosphere is twenty one percent of all gases.  But back in Meganeura’s days this oxygen level was much higher, clocking in at thirty five percent.  This higher oxygen level made it so much larger species of insects could exist in the environment.  The higher the oxygen level the greater the size of internal tissues in prehistoric animals.  This is why long extinct animals were known to be much larger than they are today.

The Meganeura was so large that its menu was not limited to other insects, but, quite likely, large amphibeans as well.  This huge bug likely behaved much like modern dragonflies with the exception of having more food options.  We can all be thankful that this terrifying creature has been erased from nature.

 

Do you know about any other extinct terrifying insects? Which one scares you the most?

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Monday, May 23rd, 2016

You Would Not Believe How Crazy Insect Sex Can Be

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

I would hate to see an insect version of the Kama Sutra since nearly all insects mate in seemingly torturous and overall unpleasant ways.  It would be reassuring to find at least one insect penis that does not look and act like a torture device, and why do all those female insects have to kill their man after the deed is done?  They may not have sex solely for the pleasure, but that does not mean that animals that don’t have sex solely for pleasure do not enjoy the act of sex, but it is hard to imagine sex as a satisfying activity in the insect world.

For example, let’s take the male Bean Beetles.  These Beetles have penises with spikes on them, much to the discomfort of their female counterparts.  So what purpose do these spikes serve?  Well recently scientists have discovered the likely answer, but I will tell you now that it is not pleasant.  Apparently the beetle’s spiked penis serves to lacerate and puncture the inside of the female beetle’s vaginal canal.  And no, the females do not prefer this method as researchers noticed that the females were often injured permanently afterwards.  The punctures in the female beetles vaginal canal serve to allow the male’s sperm to flow in and fill up her entire body cavity and the sperm even enters the bloodstream.  It goes without saying that these bugs must have vastly different anatomies than us.

Can you think of any bizarre ways humans have sex? Are any of them similar to this?

Bugs Can Get Into Your Home Easier Than You Think

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Bugs Can Get Into Your Home Easier Than You Think

During the summer months it is common to see insects crawling around your home.  Many insects are out and about exploring different territories to find shelter and it can be off-putting when your home becomes a venomous insects target.

The southwestern United States is of particular concern during the summer months when potentially dangerous insects such as Scorpions, Black Widows, which are venomous can squeeze into your home through the smallest spaces for cooler shelter.

If a credit card can fit in between a small crevice, such as around your door, then a roach or Scorpion can as well.  One desert resident uses Diatomaceous Earth, which is a powder solution, used to ward off insects from opening around his home.

Scorpions and Black Widows may not be dangerous to adults, but to children and the elderly their venom can be fatal.  So make sure your homes are tightly secured.

What do you think of this pest control method? What do you do to ward off insects around your home?