Posted August 16, 2017 by Laurie Kay Olson

The light of a firefly comes from the bioluminescent chemical reaction created by special organs in the beetle's lower abdomen.

Posted August 8, 2017 by Laurie Kay Olson

Believe it or not, goldfish are a great way to control mosquitoes in and around your yard, garden, or stable -- anywhere you might have resting water. That is just the sort of place mosquitoes love to lay their eggs and the goldfish find this a buffet fit for royalty. Other small fish like minnows and guppies will also gobble up the larvae and keep algae to a minimum.

Posted August 4, 2017 by Laurie Kay Olson

Many kids in the US spend some or many of their summer evenings chasing fireflies. It has been a traditional childhood activity for just about forever.

Posted August 3, 2017 by Ron Callari

Adam Smith, the father of modern-day economics noted in his seminal work The Wealth of Nations that Homo economicus was the only species on the planet who engaged in commerce. The ability to “exchange one thing for another,” he declared, “is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals.”

Posted May 29, 2017 by Ron Callari

With animal tragedies such as the killing of Harambe, the silverback gorilla last year at the Cincinnati Zoo, debates continue as to whether animals should be caught and sequestered for . . .

Posted May 26, 2017 by Ron Callari

As a hotel career executive, I've worked for multinational hospitality firms such as Marriott Hotels & Resorts and others over the years. During that time, I’ve seen a lot of upgrades to amenity packages.

Posted May 2, 2017 by Laurie Kay Olson

With summer days fast approaching comes the risk (though slight) that your dog or cat could become infested with a parasite known as cuterebra. While it usually infests rodents and members of the rabbit family, dogs and cats with outdoor privileges can also be infected. This parasite is the larval stage of one species of bot fly. It enters the animals' bodies through mucous membranes or open wounds.

Posted March 26, 2017 by Ron Callari

In a recent episode of FX’s hit TV drama ’The Americans,' the plot line hinged on what I thought was a fictionalized tale of espionage, utilizing insects as armed soldiers of sorts. It followed the lead characters Elizabeth and Philip Jennings in their attempt to foil an American plot against the Russians. Disease-spreading midges  [resembling mosquitoes] were being bred to destroy the Soviet’s wheat supply to escalate that country's hunger crisis. Definitely a unique spy-story premise . . . but could any of it be true?