Fireflies – those tiny sparkling lights that appear on summer evenings- aren’t really flies and don’t use fire to make light! They are also called lightning bugs and glowworms, depending on where you find them. These little insects are a type of soft-winged beetle just like ladybugs. There are many different types of fireflies. They […]
“Lady bug, Lady bug, fly away home.” The children’s nursery rhyme reminds us that this little spotted red bug that is found in many planted areas can come and go as it wishes, just by taking to the air. This cute insect is a member of the beetle family and comes in many different patterns […]
UConn Extension is celebrating Bug Month from July 1 – 31 with virtual programs and resources for the entire family. All ages are welcome to explore the activities dedicated to insects and their relatives. Bug Month virtual programs and resources are buzzing with the following: Answer a few questions to qualify for a […]
A period of mass extinction threatens insects – and the humans and animals who depend on them. It’s not just bees and butterflies that are under threat: UConn entomologist and Professor David Wagner says all kinds of insects are at risk for “a death by a thousand cuts.” This is alarming, since insects play vital […]
UConn CAHNR Extension typically holds Bug Week in July; however, this year Extension has designated July as Bug Month. The UConn Extension Master Gardeners and Master Gardener interns participate. Bug Month is an educational outreach activity that promotes insects in the environment (bugs.uconn.edu/). Volunteers like Dr. Lynn Keller make this educational event fun and successful. […]
Tune in each day this week to learn more about some of the smaller insects and critters that we share this world with!