58/150: Using flying snakes to combat agricultural pests? –The family Raphidiidae

Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Raphidioptera: Raphidiidae: Agulla: Agulla adnixa (Hagen, 1861)

Fear not, these little arthropods have the potential to keep our crops healthy! The family Raphidiidae, snake flies, are closely related to the “nerve winged” insects (Neuroptera) including lacewings and antlions. Continue reading “58/150: Using flying snakes to combat agricultural pests? –The family Raphidiidae”

40/150: Feeling a bit on the BLUE side? Fight the blue with BLUEberries!

Plantae: Magnoliophyta: Magnoliopsida: Ericales: Ericaceae: Vaccinioideae: Vaccinium: Vaccinium angustifolium (Aiton)

The lowbush blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium) are a widely cultivated commercial plant crop with Canada being the largest producer of them. Lowbush blueberries are unique in that growers do not plant them, instead they manage wild stands of them. Continue reading “40/150: Feeling a bit on the BLUE side? Fight the blue with BLUEberries!”

39/150: Are they centipedes or….??

animalia: Arthropoda: Symphyla: Symphyla order incertae sedis: Scolopendrellidae

Also known as symphylans or garden centipedes, pseudocentipedes are only distant relatives of true centipedes! They are actually more closely related to pauropods and millipedes of the same subphylum Myriapoda. Continue reading “39/150: Are they centipedes or….??”

25/150: World Wildlife Day – Even though we are microscopic we are still wildlife!

animalia: Arthropoda: Arachnida: Mesostigmata: Phytoseiidae: Typhlodromus: Typhlodromus pyri (Scheuten, 1857)

The predatory plant mite Typhlodromus pyri is just one of thousands of species belonging to the family Phytoseiidae (Order: Mesostigmata). While mesostigs encompass a number of predators, parasites, and plant feeders, the Phytoseiidae are mainly predators of other small invertebrates, but some also eat pollen and fungi. Continue reading “25/150: World Wildlife Day – Even though we are microscopic we are still wildlife!”