Millipedes are often mixed up with centipedes, but whereas centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment, millipedes have two. Moreover, millipedes curl up when disturbed; centipedes run away.
Many gardeners will follow the advice of most gardening magazines to kill insect pests with this or that chemical. But do you know what happens with those chemicals after you have applied them?
The existence of sex is puzzling, because many organisms, such as certain plants, some reptiles, and some insects manage to reproduce perfectly well without it.
The Jordaan District is the most beautiful area in Amsterdam.
The larvae of the lacewing eats large amounts of aphids, but also various other small insects, such as spider mites, thrips, whitefly, mealybugs, small caterpillars and insect eggs.
Gerbils are endearing rodents and make enjoyable pets. In this page you will learn a bit about their behavior and about how I looked after them.
Insects cause a wide variety of emotions, which writers could use in their stories and poems. A character's reaction to certain insects gives insight into that character's personality.
Thrips feed by scraping the surface of plant tissue which damages the leaves, causing a silvery or brown and dried appearance. Some thrips also transmit plant viruses.
Aphis fabae can form large, dense colonies, usually in the growing tips. These colonies are able to withdraw so much nutrition from the plants, that entire shoots may wilt.
The vapourer moth is the opposite of the ugly duckling: beautiful caterpillars turn into the ugliest female moths you'll ever meet. The males are quite pretty, though.
The cabbage root fly attacks all crucifers and is a major pest of cabbage, radish and rape.
The pollen beetle, Meligethes aeneus is also called blossom beetle and is a serious pest on oil seed rape.
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Every gardener should welcome Damsel bugs and flower bugs into their garden, as they attack many sorts of pests.
The cabbage whitefly, Aleyrodes proletella is one of many pests on Brassicacea (cabbage, sprouts, etc.). The sooty moulds that they may cause, can weaken the plants indirectly.
Of course, as a writer, you carry a notebook with you to jot down ideas. But what do you do with the unordered notes?
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The large-sized lupin aphid is highly damaging on lupin. Luckily, it has several useful natural enemies.
Palomena prasina, the common green shieldbug, belongs to the most important family of shield bug. They are bright green in colour, but in late autumn the adults turn brown.
Ground beetles are one of our mayor allies in our fight against garden pests, as they eat a wide range of insects, as well as snails an slugs.
Centipedes are sometimes mistaken for millipedes. Centipedes, however, are hunters, run very fast en are unable to roll up.
When lettuces have difficulty forming heads, and the leaves turn yellow, your plants probably suffer from the lettuce root aphid.
As a writer of science fiction or fantasy you may need to design bizarre-looking aliens for your stories. Find your inspiration by watching the aliens that live right under our noses: the insects.
The cabbage aphid is a severe pest on many brassicacea, especially on cabbages, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, swedes and turnips.
The diamond-back moth, or Plutella xylostella, is a pest on practically all crucifers.
Larvae of the cabbage seedpod weevil cause damage by eating from the seeds inside the pods.
It is in particular the second generation larvae that are damaging to cabbages. Sometimes, only veins of the leaves are left.
The pea and bean weevil, or pea leaf weevil, is sometimes called the 'broad bean nibbler', because of its habit to nibble at the edges of leaves of peas and beans. It is up to 5 mm long, short snouted and grey with darker, longitudinal stripes. The...