Insects en What Are Japanese Beetles Good For? <p>Mid-summer brings Japanese beetles to the garden, clustering on their favorite foods: the leaves of raspberry, grape, and garden roses. In the vegetable garden, the lead shoots of pole beans are another tasty target. I know gardeners who find a daily ritual of flicking beetles into a container with water and a drop of liquid soap to be very therapeutic. Beetle demise is quick. These are people who typically release indoor spiders and wasps to the outdoors, but damage to the garden is another matter.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:00:01 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 51092 at What Are Japanese Beetles Good For? A Decline In Bees: What's Going On With Our Pollinators? <p>Behind recent declines in bee populations are threats as diverse as pesticides, disease, and climate change. &nbsp;And fewer bees could mean a widespread hit to many types of agriculture. We’ll talk with beekeepers and researchers about what they’re seeing,&nbsp; also what the future might hold, and what could be done.</p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 50691 at A Decline In Bees: What's Going On With Our Pollinators? N.H.'s War On Invasive Bugs & Plants <p></p><p>In New Hampshire lakes, rivers and ponds, non-indigenous plants have moved in choking out the natural flora and fauna, but volunteers and state officials have taken up the fight against them. We’ll look at the latest in that fight, as well as invasive insects from the Emerald Ash Borer to the Wooly Adelgid.</p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:00:36 +0000 The Exchange 50396 at N.H.'s War On Invasive Bugs & Plants Where Have All The Monarchs Gone? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A lot of people are asking this question, concerned at the diminished numbers&nbsp;of this most charismatic butterfly. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not many schoolchildren this fall will be able to watch caterpillar transform into chrysalis and then glorious adult—metamorphosis in action.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 34759 at Where Have All The Monarchs Gone? Nature's Obligate Relationships <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It is the height of monarch butterfly season in New Hampshire. Though fewer m</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">igrants have returned this year. They're producing the generation that will undertake one of the most impressive migrations: two-thousand miles to overwinter in Mexico.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 30457 at Nature's Obligate Relationships Yellow Jacket Season <p></p><p>Forests are often bone dry at the end of the hot summer. When dusty leaves of poison ivy and wild grape vines display the first crimson tinge of fall, underground “yellow-jacket” hornet nests reach their maximum annual size and ferocity beneath brushy fields and woodlands.</p><p>The papery hornet nests are packed with nutritious, fat and protein-rich larvae. The grubs are defended aggressively by agitated worker hornets that will soon lie dead after the first hard freeze.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:21:56 +0000 Dave Anderson 34113 at Yellow Jacket Season NH's Dragonflies Abound <p>We’re standing up to our shins in Turkey Pond, on a warm July morning with Pam Hunt, a biologist with New Hampshire Audubon who has spent the last five years organizing, in conjunction with NH Fish and Game, the<a href="" target="_blank"> New Hampshire Dragonfly Survey</a>. Hunt trained about a hundred volunteers to gather data and help map the distribution of dragonflies across the state.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Andrew Parrella 32816 at NH's Dragonflies Abound Cicadas Invade: NH spared <p></p><p>One more reason to be thankful, New Hampshire: we did <u>NOT</u> experience the periodic cicada invasion this summer. You've likely heard about the mass synchronized emergence of <em>billions</em> of <strong>periodic cicadas</strong> this summer across the Eastern Seaboard from Virginia north to New Jersey, New York and as far as northern Connecticut - <u>NOT</u> New Hampshire.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 31470 at Cicadas Invade: NH spared Fireflies-- Beyond the Magic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The twinkling fireflies of a summer night bring a little magic.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If we think beyond the twinkling, we probably realize it is courtship in progress: the signals of males and females.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 30169 at Fireflies-- Beyond the Magic Moose Hunt, Moose Ticks <p>October is the annual breeding season, "the rut" for the largest denizens of New Hampshire's North Country: <strong>Moose</strong>.&nbsp; It's also the annual moose&nbsp;<em>hunting</em> season.</p><p>Following the initial recovery of moose populations, an annual moose hunt has occurred since 1988. That first year, 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country only. Last year, 400 moose permit hunters took 290 moose.</p><p>This year 275 coveted moose hunting permits were awarded by lottery from among more than 13,400 applicants for the nine-day season.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:00:21 +0000 Dave Anderson 14413 at Moose Hunt, Moose Ticks Hover Flies <p>While hiking on Mount Monadnock this summer, I witnessed an odd phenomenon: nearly-motionless hovering insects with orange-yellow stripes over a dark body suggesting wasps or bees. The tight aerial formation of insects hovered at eye level in a shaft of sunlight over the trail.</p><p>The “Hover Flies” - sometimes called “Flower Flies” - belong to a LARGE group in the Order “<em>Diptera</em>” (the true flies). Those in the Family “<em>Syrphidae</em>” have only one pair of wings. All wasps and bees have two pairs of wings.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 21:22:56 +0000 Dave Anderson 11827 at Hover Flies Dragonflies Winging South <p>Late summer brings cool nights and clear air - and winged migration. Along with birds heading south, there's a few butterfly, moth and dragonfly species that respond to the migratory urge.</p><p>One dragonfly - the common green darner - has been studied with results that suggest there's a lot of similarities between insect and bird migration. Tiny radio transmitters were attached with eyelash adhesive to green darners which were tracked by plane and ground crews.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 10378 at Dragonflies Winging South Plague of (Forest) Pests <p>Threats to forest health from three exotic insect pests including Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Asian Longhorn Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer loom large over the vast forests of NH. The veritable insect rogues gallery is at our doorstep after killing trees in nearby states.</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 6678 at Plague of (Forest) Pests Mayfly Ballet <p>It’s not just anglers who follow emerging mayflies. The drama plays to appreciative audiences above and below the water. Hatching nymphs rise from dark, watery depths up to the wide blue sky, a glorious curtain call and tolling dinner bell.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 3845 at Mayfly Ballet Dilig-Ant <p>The ants come marching, one by one, up the kitchen wall; it’s a sure sign of spring. These are the worker ants, females all, tasked with delivering food to the colony. Male drones remain in that colony, on call for their one role in a very brief life: mating with a fertile female destined to be a new queen.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 3068 at Dilig-Ant