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!”