Monthly Archives: March 2016

Marvelous Millipede

I may not live in a greenhouse, but that didn’t stop a greenhouse millipede (Oxidus gracilis) from paying my front door a visit. Greenhouse millipedes are not native to Louisiana, but the real question is where are they really from? … Continue reading

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Who are You Calling Plebeian?

To the ancient Romans, the word “plebeian” roughly meant “commoner.” The name hardly fits Paratrea plebeja, the plebeian sphinx moth, which is the sole member of its genus and a very striking and beautiful moth. Luckily, one landed just outside … Continue reading

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What month is it again?

May beetles (genus Phyllophaga) get their common name from the typical time adults emerge (late spring) and their Latin binomial name from the eating habit of the adults: leaves. This one was a bit early (showing up in early March), … Continue reading

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