|Posted by David Moskowitz on September 24, 2009 at 3:35 PM||comments (202)|
For at least a year now, I have been annoyed by the Scotts Lawn Care logo. It is without a doubt, the most ridiculous corporate insect logo of all time (I know this is a very sweeping statement, but it is just freaking stupid). Scotts is an international lawn care company and you would think they would want something that approaches reality. So what am I talking about?
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|Posted by David Moskowitz on September 23, 2009 at 12:07 PM||comments (26)|
Finally a few minutes to post some photos of katydids from New Jersey. The tropics really don't have anything on us (ok, maybe a little), but our katydids are really cool too! Before we get into some closeups, I really like this one of my son who obviously is not nearly as follicly challenged as I am....
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|Posted by David Moskowitz on September 22, 2009 at 12:54 PM||comments (45)|
I just stumbled on this NPR audio file from 2006 when a reporter joined us in the field. We were supposed to show him how we tracked dragonflies, but like often happens with fieldwork, the best made plans didn't. We simply couldn't catch a suitable sized dragonfly for the transmitters. So, instead we put one on a tiger swallowtail butterfly. While it didn't fly too far, it did prove that it is possible to put one on a butterlfy and track it's movements. As far as we know this was also the fir...Read Full Post »
|Posted by David Moskowitz on September 22, 2009 at 9:14 AM||comments (97)|
The stretch of the NJ Turnpike near Newark Airport has been called the Billboard Miracle Mile because of the crazy number of vehicles that pass through the area every day and therefore, the very high cost of billboard advertising there.
So, if you don't think that the Asian Long Horned beetle scares the hell out of forest managers, forest products companies and the maple syrup industry, check out this billboard.
The area around Carteret, NJ was gro...Read Full Post »
|Posted by David Moskowitz on September 21, 2009 at 12:56 PM||comments (65)|
In short order I'm going to be posting new photos of some of the insects I found in Panama at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, but since work is really getting in the way today, I won't have time to do it. So, here is a teaser of what to expect. Isn't this one of the coolest katydids you've ever seen? I believe it is a Spike-headed false-leaf katydid (Aegimia elongata). Fortunately, it came to a blacklight I set up at night, because it looks so much like a leaf, finding it...Read Full Post »
|Posted by David Moskowitz on September 21, 2009 at 7:53 AM||comments (56)|
Fall is the season of monarch migrations and garage sales, so if you are lucky enough to stumble on an old copy of the August 1976 magazine, grab it. This is the one with the article about the amazing discovery of the monarch wintering grounds in Mexico and Dr. Fred Urquhart's 40 year effort to find them!
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|Posted by David Moskowitz on September 20, 2009 at 5:40 PM||comments (50)|
Fellow bug addicts...do this in your town! Show those on the straight and narrow what is flying around at night. Maybe they will think twice about the random use of pesticides around their homes, or maybe it will completely freak them out once they know that the night really IS filled with unusual creatures. It's probably a crap shoot but loads of fun either way. Try the sugaring too, it is fun to make, works great and is the perfect excuse to have a beer (if one was ever needed!)...Read Full Post »
|Posted by David Moskowitz on September 18, 2009 at 7:58 AM||comments (0)|
To everyone who has visited my new site over the past few days, thank you! Please feel free to share your thoughts about Bug Addiction, it should be cathartic to get it off your chest and to realize you don't need to deal with this problem by yourself....
I just added more photos of New Jersey butterflies and will shortly be adding some others from my trip to Panama along with Chapter 4 of why "I'm certain I'm addicted" of my recent travel experience to Panama to conduct res...Read Full Post »
|Posted by David Moskowitz on September 16, 2009 at 1:48 PM||comments (0)|
I just added a few photos of some rally cool insects I found while we were in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is simply an amazing place, great insects, great volcanoes, great food, great people, great rainforests, but not great roads.....
|Posted by David Moskowitz on September 15, 2009 at 7:12 AM||comments (44)|
Last night we made history by conducting the first and only survey in New Jersey as part of the NYC Cricket Crawl! While it is unlikely that our expedition will make it into 7th grade history textbooks or that the Moskowitz Expedition (aka The Friends of the EBEC) will join the ranks of Shackelton, Darwin, or Livingstone, we did provide a little sliver of information about the composition of crickets and katydids in our town parks that until now was not really known (or as some cynics m...Read Full Post »