insects http://wamc.org en Dr. Daniel Hahn, University of Florida - "Sexy" Fruit Flies http://wamc.org/post/dr-daniel-hahn-university-florida-sexy-fruit-flies <p>Apparently, you can sterilize flies too well.</p><p>In today’s Academic Minute, Daniel Hahn, assistant professor in the University of Florida’s department of entomology and nematology, discusses a new and improved fly sterilization methodology.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 90224 at http://wamc.org Dr. Daniel Hahn, University of Florida - "Sexy" Fruit Flies "A Sting In The Tale" By Dave Goulson http://wamc.org/post/sting-tale-dave-goulson <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Dave Goulson became obsessed with wildlife as a small boy growing up in rural England, starting with an increasingly exotic menagerie of pets. When his interest turned to the anatomical, there were even some ill-fated experiments with taxidermy. But bees are where Goulson’s true passion lies—the humble bumblebee in particular.</p><p>Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the English short-haired bumblebee went extinct in the United Kingdom, but by a twist of fate still exists in the wilds of New Zealand, the descendants of a few pairs shipped over in the nineteenth century.</p><p>Dave Goulson’s quest to reintroduce it to its native land is one of the highlights of his book, <em>A Sting in the Tale</em>, that includes original research into the habits of these mysterious creatures, history’s relationship with the bumblebee, and advice on how to protect the bumblebee for future generations.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89174 at http://wamc.org "A Sting In The Tale" By Dave Goulson Albany Store Sold Bedbug-Infested Matresses http://wamc.org/post/albany-store-sold-bedbug-infested-matresses <p>Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced that the county has filed a series of lawsuits against Albany furniture stores for illegal business practices including selling mattresses infested with bedbugs to clients of the Department of Social Services. The lawsuit filed against Seraj Enterprises, DBA 99 Cents and More, of 141 S. Pearl St. and two other firms alleges that the company engaged in fraud for violating the terms of its contract with the county by illegally substituting household items included on vouchers provided by DSS.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:51:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 87938 at http://wamc.org Albany Store Sold Bedbug-Infested Matresses Sing, Fly, Meet, and Die - "Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise" by David Rothenberg http://wamc.org/post/sing-fly-meet-and-die-bug-music-how-insects-gave-us-rhythm-and-noise-david-rothenberg <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the spring of 2013 the cicadas in the Northeastern United States will yet again emerge from their seventeen-year cycle—the longest gestation period of any animal. Those who experience this great sonic invasion compare their sense of wonder to the arrival of a comet or a solar eclipse. This unending rhythmic cycle is just one unique example of how the pulse and noise of insects has taught humans the meaning of rhythm, from the whirr of a cricket’s wings to this unfathomable and exact seventeen-year beat.</span></p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 65124 at http://wamc.org Sing, Fly, Meet, and Die - "Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise" by David Rothenberg Invasive Pest Prompts New Hampshire to Clear Trees http://wamc.org/post/invasive-pest-prompts-new-hampshire-clear-trees <p>An invasive forest pest commonly found in New York and Southern New England was recently discovered in New Hampshire, and now it’s prompting state officials there to clear hundreds of acres of forest land to prevent the spread of the insect. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 22:49:19 +0000 Lucas Willard 52738 at http://wamc.org Invasive Pest Prompts New Hampshire to Clear Trees Paul Taylor and Amy Stewart http://wamc.org/post/paul-taylor-and-amy-stewart <p><a href="http://www.ptdc.org/">Paul Taylor Dance Company</a> returns to<a href="http://www.mahaiwe.org"> The Mahaiwe</a> for its fifth consecutive summer this week and one of the pieces the troupe will perform is entitled <em>Gossamer Gallants</em> which uses movement inspired by insects like those found in <a href="http://www.amystewart.com/">AmyStewart&#39;s </a>bestselling book, <em>Wicked Bugs</em>.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:12:43 +0000 Joe Donahue 43976 at http://wamc.org Paul Taylor and Amy Stewart