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Termite House-Guests

Last week I wrote about mites that live alongside honey bees, eating and reproducing within their hives. There are many tiny animals that associate with social insects, and today’s new species are yet another example: termite-loving rove beetles from Cambodia … Continue reading

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Imperfect Fungi

You may have head that the mushroom is only a small part of a fungus, and this is true — a mushroom is a temporary spore-releasing structure, ephemeral like a flower, while the growing, eating part of the fungus is usually hidden away. … Continue reading

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The Slug

Flower or hover flies (family Syrphidae) are widely toted as beneficial insects. They can be pollinators, just like bees, but their larvae or maggots can also be predators of pest insects such as aphids.  Hover flies can also be quite … Continue reading

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