Category Archives: Bugs, Arachnids and Insects

Insect Facts Earwigs

Earwigs, scientifically referred to as dermaptera (a word from the Greek language), are a relatively small insect with pinchers that have long been avoided by humans. I recall being a young child and having the misconception that these insects would


When you hear a cricket chirping in your home, what do you do? Do you immediately look for it to try to kill it? Or do you smile, content with knowing that the little fellow is bringing good luck to

Bugs Arachnids Insects

The blue butterfly, according to Brittanica Encyclopedia, is “any member of a group of insects in the widely distributed Lycaenidae family of common butterflies (order Lepidoptera)”. They are quite small and fast when they fly, so it is rather difficult

How to Raise Crickets

To say that raising crickets is an experience would be putting it mildly. Trying to clean the cage while preventing the crickets from jumping out was not easy but raising crickets was better than going to the pet store every

Recluse Spiders

Recluse spiders also called violin or fiddle-back spiders belong to the Loxosceles genus. Spiders belonging to the recluse group are members of the Sicariidae family. They can be found in the warmer climates of the world. All of these spiders

Insect Facts Culex Mosquitoes

Culex mosquito, also known as the common house mosquito is one of the three key categories of mosquitoes. Several species of the Culex mosquitoes are responsible for spread of West Nile Virus (WNV) or vectors of that disease. An adult

Brown Recluse Spider Venom

Loxosceles (Lox-sos-a-leez) reclusa lives in many homes in the United States. She has thrived on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, and then hitched a ride up to the southern region of Indiana. The brown recluse can survive in

Insect Facts Mosquitoes

Generally regarded with extreme repugnance for being a bloodsucker, the mosquito is without much doubt the most unpopular creature in the world.  For centuries, people have tried to exterminate mosquitoes, swatting at or poisoning them.  But all these serious attempts

Insect Facts Anopheles Mosquitoes

Anopheles gambiae is the scientific name of the Anopheles mosquito. Its name means useless in Greek, and while humans may agree, the parasite that causes malaria sure doesn’t. The Anopheles is often called the “malaria mosquito” because it is the

Killer Bees

Like many people, when I would hear the mention of africanized honey bees I would feel a chill of apprehension run through me. Mostly due to movies and media reports that sensationalize these insects, causing people to unnecessarily develop a