Entries by mhabig

Biting black flies are back in force

They appear every Spring, but some years they are more of a nuisance than others. This year, black flies are back in full force. Black flies, also known as buffalo gnats, are small biting flies that live and breed in naturally occurring standing water, like creeks or retention ponds. They are sensitive to weather and […]

Heat-Seeking Mosquitoes Sense The Temperature of Sleeping Humans There’s a reason you’re always bitten up in bed.

Mosquitoes seem exquisitely tuned to cause humans the maximum pain and annoyance. Now new research shows that the little buzzing monsters are even better at hunting warm-bodied creatures than we thought. Thermotaxis is the movement of an organism towards or away from a source of heat and is usually done to regulate body temperature—cuddling up […]