Tuesday, 15 February 2022
More Buzzwords: INSECTS, part #2
A continuation of the post from August 15, 2020 "Buzzwords: VERSES about INSECTS"
Learn more about DEET at Wikipedia.
Authors' Note: Adult dragonflies are carnivores who hunt on the wing, consuming daily up to a fifth of their body-weight in various flying insects, mosquitoes being one of their favorites.
In the photo by GC, shot in the Muskoka region of Ontario, the insect temporarily has lighted (with wings typically spread) on a tiger lily, presumably to seek as prey the pollen-seeking insects attracted there.
cucaracha: Spanish for cockroach, presumably giving rise in the early 17th century to the English name for the insect
cockroach: adjectival form for the common insect (of thousands of species, only four are characterized as pests; cockroachlike might also be used in appropriate instances) In the 1830s, Victorians adopted the shortened form roach to avoid the sexual connotations of the insect's name.
bello, bella: Italian (male, female forms) for fine, handsome or beautiful
The best-known name for this common North American insect derives from the larval form, the banded woolly bear. The caterpillar, with reddish-brown midsection and vertically demarcated black front and rear ends, is often seen in the autumn, appears playful to children, and is non-toxic. There is no easily appreciated visual difference between the genders for either larval or adult stages. Several small locales in the United States celebrate these cute caterpillars with fall 'woollybear' festivals.
Authors' Note: A million Emergency Room (ER) visits per year in the United States are caused by concern over stings from insects of the order Hymenoptera; stings can result in significant local reactions and even anaphylaxis. Many people attribute these incidents, without differentiation, to 'bees'. In fact, the common honeybees and bumblebees are considerably less aggressive than yellow jackets, such as Vespula maculifrons; these pesty wasps make us miserable in the summer and early fall, particularly at fairs and other outdoor events, by their relentless search for sugar-containing foods. Vespine is the adjective relating to wasps.
Armchair entomologists with a sense of adventure might wish to continue their travels by proceeding to a later blogpost dealing with "A Selection of ECTO-PARASITES".
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Posted by Giorgio Coniglio at February 15, 2022