Bugs


Ice crystals form on the orb of a soapy bubble that froze during subzero weather atop Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Jan. 8, 2014. 3
The post office suspended mail delivery. Schools and campuses across the Midwest closed down. Temperatures in Chicago, Madison and other Great Lakes cities dipped lower than those in Antarctica. We’re ok. There’s nothing to see here. How’s everyone doing? pic.twitter.com/g0VuDIiU6q — UW–Madison Science (@UWMadScience) January 30, 2019  Surely that means […]

The polar vortex should kill bugs, right? Not so much.


A Madagascar hissing cockroach makes an appearance at the "Who's Who of the Insect Word" booth during Science Expeditions 2007.
When a foot-long bearded dragon appears on a rock near Bascom Hill, or a turkey flies through a stained-glass window in Science Hall, who do you call? It turns out, the answer is almost always Richard Ness, an animal control specialist for UW–Madison’s Facilities Planning and Management. To find out […]

Dragons and turkeys and insects, oh my! A day in ...


A vacuum tube holds a blood-fed strain of Aedes aegypti mosquito in place under a microscope.
Between 2004 and 2016, the number of people who acquired diseases from mosquitoes, ticks and flea bites tripled in the United States. These include Lyme disease, West Nile and dengue fever. Nine new diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks, including Zika virus, were discovered or appeared here during that time. These statistics were […]

Combating ticks and mosquitoes in the Midwest



A mosquito feeds on the hand of Susan Paskewitz, a University of Wisconsin-Madison entomology professor.
On Tuesday, 23 June 2015, Public Health Madison Dane County (PHMDC) reported a bird in Dane County had tested positive for West Nile virus. The virus, which can sicken people, is often transmitted by mosquitoes to birds, humans, horses and other animals, including domestic and wild dogs, chickens, llamas and even alligators. Susan […]

All you ever wanted to know about West Nile virus


Bees in a colony on the UW-Madison campus
In a tweet today from Claudio Gratton’s lab, the world was introduced to the entomology lab’s bee colony, live. Does watching those worker bees busy busy busy make you feel slightly guilty for watching? Productivity is not just for the bees. In case these honey-makers aren’t your thing, check out […]

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