August 28, 2012

Encore: Cricket Radio: Tuning In the Night-Singing Insects

Guest: John Himmelman.

Today on Focus, award-winning writer John Himmelman seeks to reconnect us with the sounds of the night that so often escape our notice. He'll explain the purposes and meanings of the sounds made by various crickets and katydids. He also offers instructions on how to attract these insects to our own back yards.

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August 23, 2012

Encore: Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

Guest: Mark W. Moffett, Ph.D.

Of all the creatures to exhibit strikingly human behaviors, the ant is perhaps the most unexpected. But ants are merchants, construction workers, and farmers that deal with everything from recycling and hygiene to warfare. Today on Focus, entomologist Mark Moffett shares stories from a global journey to learn more about the various species.

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June 29, 2012

Insects

Guest: May Berenbaum.

We welcome back University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum for another show about the most abundant life form on this planet, the insect. When May stops by we encourage you to put aside questions of extermination, and instead try to appreciate insects for the many and varied ways they live their lives. If you are curious about a particular insect, give us a call, and a description, and May will try to identify it and tell you something about its habits.

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May 31, 2012

Insect Pests

If insects are causing problems at your house, we may be able to help.  Our guest will be Phil Nixon, extension entomologist at the University of Illinois. He’s been with us many times before to take questions on a wide range of pests, everything from ants and roaches to silverfish and centipedes: the common pests that cause problems in our homes and gardens. Sometimes the key is just trying to get along, but if it’s a bug you just can’t live with, Phil can tell you how to make it go away.

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August 24, 2011

Insect Pests

With Philip Nixon, Ph.D. (Entomologist, Extension Specialist, PAT/Ornamental Household Insects, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois)

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August 10, 2011

Insects

With May Berenbaum, Ph.D. (Entomologist; Professor and Head Department of Entomology, University of Illinois)

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