Did You Know Insects Create Their Own Antifreeze?

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In last week’s blog we wrote about some of the patterns of behavior that insects use to stay alive during colder winter months. In some instances, the bugs migrate to warmer climate, in other instances they hibernate or more technically, participate in diapause which is a long term state of suspension triggered by a specific set of stimuli to the insect, such as the reduction of daylight hours. Diapause synchronizes the insect’s life cycle with seasonal changes in its environment, including winter conditions.  Prior to diapause, insects begin adding extra layers of fat and reducing the amount of water in...
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What Happens to Insects During the Winter Months

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Each year, as the weather changes and temperatures get colder in Western North Carolina, the bug population seems to dwindle and disappear. So where do they all go? Are they leaving or hibernating? They seem to come right back once the winter thaws, so what’s the deal? Insects have a variety of methods for surviving the coldness of winter. Migration In some instances bugs do migrate to warmer climates. While most people don’t consider this species as a pest, a primary example of this is the Month butterfly. Monarchs in the eastern United States and Canada fly up to 2,000...
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