This pill bug was found on campus, under a few rocks along the sidewalk. There were multiple specimens found in the same area. It was living in dirt on a rainy night.
Native to the Mediterranean and since introduced all over the world. They prefer the moist environments because of a waxy outer covering that does not allow them to retain water.
They mostly eat the decomposing plant materials and seeds. A. vulgare can also feed on the roots of garden vegetables such as lettuce or carrots. It has been recorded that they also eat their own species when they note them to be injured or during molting.
Interaction with Humans:
Humans tend to find them in their homes in moist or damp areas such as basements, and in the wooden house structures. This is typically indicating the chance of mildew and wood rot in the home.
Beneficial to Humans:
They have been known to be beneficial due to the fact that they eat seeds. In certain areas, this acts as biological weed control. The eating habits and soil burrowing encourages soil microbial activity, therefore enriching the soil making a better growing substrate.
A. vulgare can roll themselves up into small balls when they feel threatened, which is why they are commonly referred to as ‘roly poly bugs.’
This specimen was found in my basement on the floor, already deceased.
These flies prefer moderate, temperate and tropical climates but can be found in all warm, moist climates and…
The Beauty of Complete Metamorphosis
It was a warm day in early October. A young boy at the age of 11 with pale skin and freckles was frolicking in his neighborhood park about a block away from his house. He wore his favorite pair of blue jean overalls with a yellow and olive striped shirt underneath. He loved being outside and spent most of his time at his neighborhood park. His normal routine after he got off the bus from school was to go home, eat a snack of some sort, change into his play…
study the effect of the concentration of the chemical solution on the heartbeat of the zebrafish larva. There are many advantages in using the zebrafish as the model organism. According to Gore, Monzo, Cha, Pan and Weinstein (2012), the zebrafish is commonly used as the model system of the vertebrate as it has small in size and also have the rapid development in their life. This is one of the reason of the chosen of the zebrafish as the excellent model organisms that widely being used in…
organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. A biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment is a part of ecology called an ecosystem. If one thing changed in the ecosystem it will change the whole thing, because in an ecosystem you have to way in things like transfer of energy or whether it is too hot or too cold for the living organism. Ecology is basically a study that handles relationships of organisms and how they relate to their environment or…
water, white culture medium turned blue. Additional amounts of tap water were added to each vial to provide more moisture. Next, three grains of yeast were added to each of the four vials. The vials were capped.
Step 2. Observe adults
First, to observe the adults, two capped glass vials containing culture medium and Drosophila from larva to adult stages were obtained. Each of the two vials was carefully observed one at a time for natural and mating behavior. The following mating…
with the first county in Ohio affected being Ashtabula. Currently 49 counties use quarantine regulations. Other methods including pheromone traps and programs to suppress gypsy moths continue today.
They gypsy moth undergoes complete metamorphosis starting with eggs that are in numbers of upward 1000. They can resist very cold temperatures, down to -22 degrees F, for short periods of time, and remain in the egg stage from April to May. With warmer temperatures the eggs hatch and tiny larvae…
From larva to a majestic winged monarch butterfly, the transformation a caterpillar undergoes in its quest to become a butterfly is truly unique. In such process a sixteen legged pest morphs into a beautiful butterfly. Though a beautiful sight, what a caterpillar actually goes through on this journey is quite gruesome. Many wonder how this 180 degree transformation is possible, but broken down it is much simpler to comprehend.
Monarch butterflies lay their milky white eggs on milkweed, insuring…
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“Then, when the larva is ready to cocoon and begin the final phase of its transformation into an adult, Baby Macbeth injects old Cawdor with chemicals that completely change the spider's behavior,…
growth, now bearing the cocoon of the larva Eartheater Skall on its back, mollycoddling the larva even after conception and into its early adolescence.
A commonplace misconception with the Eartheater Skall pertains to their size displacement between genders. At its peak, Eartheater Skalls can reach lengths of ten feet, however, only females can reach such extremes. Most fully developed males range from five to seven feet, which is why to the inept eye they may be mistaken as…
It takes the Drosophila flies 24 hours after fertilization to go from an embryo to larva. The larva will eat and then continue to grow, taking about 6-8 days to become a pupa. During this phase, the pupa will undergo metamorphosis and change into an adult fly. The adult fly can live up to 8 weeks, which makes the perfect candidate for research studies. In this experiment two alleles will be examined, Wild type (+) and Ebony (e). These alleles determine the color of the flies when they are mature…