Thursday, August 1, 2013

Desert Monsoons Mean Insects Are on the Move

Red velvet mite
The latest edition of Arizona's "Pest Press" has a feature story on monsoon season in Arizona, when the desert's limiting factor, water, becomes abundant. 

That brings a lot of activity to the insect world, as it is a time for reproduction and dissemination. Desert-goes may encounter some amazing beetles, such as Palo Verde Root Borer beetles and fig beetles; see the winged, reproductive forms of ants and termites swarm or congregate for mating following rains; notice red velvet mites making their annual return; see and hear a lot of cricket activity indoors and outside; and observe male tarantulas are on the move.

Read the full story in Pest Press.

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