My daughter found what appears to be a large egg with grainy brown stuff in it and three white kinda clear "caterpillars". Are they really caterpillars? If not, what are they??
It may be a cocoon from something, and the little larvae may have been parasitoids that ate their way out, or just stragglers from the eggs that were inside!
I need your help. Last year I had a terrible stinkbug infestation, and after battling with them for months I thought I had finally gotten rid of them. But I've already found two in my room again this year. It's not quite Fall out yet, but it's getting there, and I'm concerned they're going to become a problem again. Seriously, I saw one and almost went World War 3 in my room. How can I prevent them - and eradicate any survivors?
The thing is, they’re not in your house as an “infestation”….they don’t breed there or find anything at all to eat there.
They’re actually just coming in from outside and will keep doing so more frequently as it gets colder.
Last night, within mere minutes of each other, I found THREE cockroaches in my room!. The part that's really bothering me is that each one was different from the other. One fell on my printer from above and had no wing casings or wings - just a segmented abdobutt. The next one was slightly shorter and broader and more black. The third was like that b/ amber with a black curving pattern on its wing case! Are they members of different species? can there be that much variation in one population?
Cockroaches actually can vary that much between growth stages; the nymph instars often change color dramatically from one to the other, then they get their wings only with the final molt!
as the only viable food source in the house, how long do i have to hibernate in my room before i can wake up to a world without fleas
Fleas themselves can hibernate for three months waiting for another warm blooded mammal to come strolling through. That’s why even abandoned buildings can have huge flea infestations; every little mouse or raccoon to get too close refreshes the population.
Hey Scythe, why do arthropods take so preposterously long to decompose compared to larger corpses?
In a moist environment like soil, they disappear quite fast, but chitin is still a hard material, so it hangs around a little like vertebrate bone.
Almost any corpse will hang around for ages when it’s dry, though. In my terrariums the remains of dead feeder crickets rapidly turn to mush and are eaten up by springtails and such!
You answered a few general asks about insect size and its limitations, but what about insect wings? Is there something to the structure and mode of operation of insect wings that would make them impractical for larger animals (provided they're adequately sized up, of course :P, and the chitin-related problems are taken care of), or air vehicles (I remember one Miyazaki movie where people had insect-wing flying machines) ?
pretty much everything about their structure and mode of operation, really.
At their size, it’s like a feather flapping a couple other feathers to get off the ground, kind of.
If they were scaled up, it’d be like you trying to fly with two giant window panes in your hands.
Is it possible to keep pet millipedes?
Easily! Millipedes are low maintenance and like a tank with a lot of soil, dead leaves and rotten wood. They need a source of water or a humid tank misted every now and then, and they’ll eat most fresh fruits and vegetables.
Hello again Bogleech! I want to know if by this advice is true: After bees attack, they die because they lose their sting. So the best thing you can do when you see a stingless bee in the floor is kill it and end with their suffering. Is this totally true?
Honeybee stings do get torn out in the flesh of larger animals. It’s usually obvious; you’ll see the bee with some innards hanging out, dragging itself around. It’s always good to quickly end something that’s alive and mutilated.
Hey bogs, there's a really awesome ants nest in my backyard and it brings me a lot of joy to watch the little guys go about their business. What kind of things is okay to leave out for them? I used to crumble crackers for them but I doubt it'll keep well for them over winter.
It could, really! They keep very dry conditions underground for storing food, so it’s unlikely to go bad if it’d also last a long time in a cupboard.
You could also try seeds and nuts!
So I often hear that spiders found in one's home will freeze to death if left outside overnight. This makes me wonder: Does this pose a significant problem to spiders who don't occupy homes? If so, how do they combat this, and where did the house spiders go before there were houses?
When arthropods get way too cold, they’ll usually find something like a plant or a tree or a rock to hide inside or under, but they’ll still get cold enough to stop moving until they warm up again. A lot of them can go into a static state and be perfectly fine when the ice passes!