E.S. Cropconsult: Week 17

The fields were nearly finished at this point, but there were still some stragglers. A particularly interesting lepidopteran larva, for instance. And of course those aphids just never know when to quit.



E.S. Cropconsult: Week 12

Lepidopteran eggs, pupa, and adults in vegetable fields; a surprise snakefly larva, and lumbering potato-like hemipteran; geese formations in the sky as clydesdales stand idly by; a frog in the cabbage, a well fed ladybird beetle, and a mysterious hole, perhaps built by aliens or hybrid strawberry robots.

Another week in the fields of Delta and Abbotsford.


Lab Friends Pt. 2: Belostomatidae, or the Rise and Fall of Stevie Nicks



As we were collecting traps a couple weeks ago we discovered one had fallen in the water over the past week. A large insect was swimming inside, which I recognized to be a giant water bug, or Belostomatidae. We christened it Stevie Nicks, and brought it back to the lab.


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I did a bit of research and found out they can eat fish and other vertebrates, so we brought a fish in from the field. The fish died en route, so I held it in front of Stevie Nicks with a pair of forceps. Stevie Nicks grabbed the meal and pierced the eye of the fish with a stylet common to all Hemiptera. I did some reading and apparently they eject digestive acids via the stylet and drinks the prey, much like a spider.

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Unfortunately I did not keep the container as clean as I should have, and Stevie Nicks passed away over night. Water mold got the best of it.

 STEVIE NICKS (2014 (?) - 2014)

STEVIE NICKS (2014 (?) – 2014)