Insects in the News #12

Maggot therapy in the news again, this time helping diabetic patients. I especially liked some of the professor’s quotes:

“Maggots are the world’s smallest surgeons. In fact they are better than surgeons – they are much cheaper and work 24 hours a day,” Professor Boulton jokingly said. They have been used since the Napoleonic Wars and in the American Civil War they found that those who survived were the ones with maggots in their wounds: they kept them clean. They remove the dead tissue and bacteria, leaving the healthy tissue to heal.

“Still, we were very surprised to see such a good result for MRSA. There is no reason this cannot be applied to many other areas of the body, except perhaps a large abdominal wound.” (MRSA= Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

The Cicada that Crashed a Wedding

“Can you imagine yelling your vows, waiting for something to land in your hair?” said McNamara, 32, of Chicago. “It’s just so gross!”

Personally, I can’t imagine anything COOLER than having a brood emergence at your wedding. But that’s just me, I guess.

British plan to monitor moth loss:

“Research suggests that two-thirds of the nation’s larger moth species have declined over the past four decades. The campaign, called Moths Count, is being co-ordinated by the charity Butterfly Conservation. The monitoring scheme, which will involve thousands of volunteers across the UK, was launched by the charity’s president, Sir David Attenborough. ‘We must reverse these declines. If we don’t, the outlook is grim,” Sir David warned. “The consequences for Britain’s wildlife would be too dire to contemplate.’ “

Once again, the Brits kick our American ass when it comes to insect conservation. I can’t imagine this getting any news coverage here.

Not an insect but still interesting:

Treating ticks with antibiotics inhibits reproduction

“In the groups that got antibiotics, the nymphs gained less weight than control ticks, and the females took longer to lay eggs, hatched fewer eggs and produced fewer viable larvae. “

New bug blogs/sites I’ve discovered:

3 thoughts on “Insects in the News #12

  1. You might want to re-check the link for Insect Artwork as it goes to Bugs for Thugs. And I have duly noted the subtle gift mention for the coming summer month of your birthday
    ;-)

  2. Oh, Poop! Thanks for the alert.

    I especially liked the “I spent 16years underground and all I got was this t-shirt.”

    why don’t *I* think of these commercially exploitable things?!

  3. The cicadas are getting an obscene amount of media attention here in Chicago. And it will be a few weeks yet until they are even emerging. I’ve been fielding a bunch of calls from people worried about the effects of the cicadas on various social events. Most are not at all receptive to my opinion that it’s going to be really cool.

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