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…
With the termination of sterile insect technique efforts to limit the spread of Argentine Cactus Moth, Cactoblastis cactorum, population management strategies, such as biological control, are being investigated. The parasitoid Apanteles opuntiarum, is believed to have co-evolved with C. cactorum. To assess the non-target effects of the koinobiont larval parasitoid on non-target pyralids, host specificity tests were implemented in quarantine laboratory conditions.
External features of Pigeon –
Morphology – *The body of pigeon is spindle shaped (Fig.20.1) having a size of 20-25 cm. *The body is divisible into head, neck, trunk and tail. *The body is covered by backwardly directed…
The lesson called Home Grown Caterpillars is a lesson about the transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly (life cycle process) while creating a three dimensional piece of art to express idea, experience, or story. The story associated with this lesson is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The art piece is a replica of the caterpillar during a butterfly’s life cycle made out of grass seed, soil, stockings, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes. This lesson would be considered an art enhanced lesson…
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…
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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What does the pest look like?
Caterpillars are the larval stage of butterflies and moths. They have soft, segmented bodies with a head, thorax and abdomen. The thorax contains three pairs of jointed legs that have hooks and the abdomen has five pairs of stumpy legs. Caterpillars are often the same color as the leaves so they are hard to spot.
Cutworms: the adults are gray to dark brown moths with wingspans of 1.25 to 1.75 inch(3 to…
I chose to investigate the environmental impact of gypsy moths because I have personally had experience cleaning up after these pests in northern Ohio and I know that they are becoming an issue in other parts of Ohio as well. I was able to witness some of the damage they have done while removing defoliated trees in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Gypsy moths are a non-native, invasive species that, over the past decade, have been coming into the state from Pennsylvania and Michigan. The moth…
“It’s a tough world out there when you’re an herbivore, particularly for us insects.” I’m a Green Stinkbug (Nezara viridula). I’ll guide you through some of current battles between us and plants. These battles are constant, and have been on-going since the rise of the first plants and insects. This co-evolution process has developed symbiotic relationships- both good (commensalism) and bad (predation/parasitism) depending on whose side you’re on. The relationships we’ll see are between insects,…
After every death of a caterpillar, there is a birth of a butterfly. But have you ever considered how caterpillars are aware of their nearing death, yet they accept their fate and live within the butterfly with an alternative perspective and values, isn’t that what you call ‘discovery’? Discoveries can be confronting and thus lead an individual to form a new perception of themselves, hence is able to guide another individual to the right path. This aspect of the ‘discovery’ is explored trough…