August 12, 2007 |
On July 20, a mosquito sample carrying the West Nile virus was found in Thornbury Township in Chester County, in a residential neighborhood not far from Cheyney University. August and September are the peak seasons for West Nile, and infected mosquitos are often found in low-lying, marshy terrain, like where the insects were found in Thornbury, said Seth Lisinski, the Chester County Health Department's West Nile Virus Program Coordinator. Lisinski cautioned that the news that the virus has been found in Chester County was not alarming.
July 29, 2007 |
When the Chester County Health Department puts its restaurant inspections online in early January, the reports might offer a fuller appreciation of dining in the county. The Dilworthtown Inn is one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the county. But consider a Nov. 16, 2006 report by the Health Department's Bureau of Environmental Health Protection. In response to a complaint, an inspector found "many dead roach-like insects observed on glue boards in the basement," but none in the kitchen.
July 14, 2006 |
To celebrate the release of their third CD for children, Rebecca Frezza and Big Truck will make their Philadelphia debut Saturday as part of the Peanut Butter & Jams series at World Cafe Live. The band will perform tunes from Tall and Small, as well as selections from their two previous albums. Frezza's performances, which incorporate singing and dancing, are designed to entertain toddlers to adults. A former dancer with touring shows like West Side Story and A Chorus Line, Frezza tapped into her music-writing abilities when she and her children began attending Music Together, an early-childhood music program where Frezza says she "loved the idea and practice of bringing music to children.
March 10, 2006 |
Dennis J. Joslyn, 58, of Villanova, a professor of biology at the Camden campus of Rutgers University whose research in the field of insect genetics helped advance mosquito control efforts in New Jersey, died of heart failure March 1 at home. Professor Joslyn's work in genetics included research that analyzed the DNA of mosquitoes and the development of cancer cells. He involved his students in his research. Together they foraged through marshes to collect insects they would later crush and douse with blue ink in order to study their genetic makeup.
November 11, 2005 |
They possess magnetlike powers. At the sight of them, you either run away, repelled, or are drawn closer, eager to investigate. If bugs bring out your natural curiosity - or if you just want an up-close look at the nonliving variety - check out the Museum of the American Philosophical Society on Sunday. A three-hour program on bug collecting, inspired by the museum's "Treasures Revealed" exhibition, will feature amateur entomologist Greg Cowper. Cowper spent the summer gathering bugs that live in Independence National Historical Park; he'll bring that mounted collection with him, show how to mount your own collection, and give tips on catching the critters.
October 16, 2005 |
At the bottom of the Capulin Volcano in New Mexico, John Gruber and students from Friends' Central School in Wynnewood watched the moths flutter, landing on the hanging, illuminated white bedsheet. It was night. Gruber, chairman of the private school's Upper School science department, took a jar and closed it over one moth. He examined the green-winged creature, confirming that it was one he wanted to study. Gruber, 40, of Ardmore, has been catching moths and butterflies since he was a child.
August 21, 2005 |
In the beady eyes of two invasive insects, the Philadelphia region would be a bacchanal - an orgy of fine food and wild sex amongst the maples, sycamores, birches and ashes that shade the city and suburbs. Were the Asian longhorned beetle and the emerald ash borer to converge here, potentially half of the urban forest - well more than a million trees - could be fatally infected. Such is the worst-case scenario. And it is inching closer on six spindly legs. Bearing down on Pennsylvania from the west is the ash borer, a glitter-green bug about a half-inch long that lays its eggs on the bark of ashes.
August 21, 2005 |
Peter Connors walked somberly through a grove of dead ash trees, all victims of the emerald ash borer, all X'ed with green paint for the chain saws. "This shows what the world economy does to us," said Connors, deputy manager of Madison Heights, a town outside Detroit. "We now know for sure how small we are. " The ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle are but two of an estimated four dozen invasive insects that, scientists suspect, have established themselves in the United States since the mid-1990s.
September 2, 2004 |
What's bugging the spatterdock? New Jersey environmental and agricultural officials still do not know why masses of spatterdock, also known as yellow pond lily, are curling up and dying along Mantua Creek in Gloucester County. What they do know is that a type of beetle identified as Galerucella has been eating the leaves. And water samples have turned up no chemicals that could be causing the blight. Two species of Galerucella beetles, Galerucella calmariensis and Galerucella pusilla, were introduced into the United States from Europe in the 1990s to combat purple loosestrife, a beautiful but invasive perennial that was choking lakes.
August 18, 2004 |
Two weeks after the troubling discovery of a single northern New Jersey tree infested by the Asian long-horned beetle, federal and state plant experts are dealing with a problem that is far more widespread. As of yesterday afternoon, the estimated toll was up to 70 trees, and tree climbers had lots more ground to cover. "That's a conservative guess," said Barry Emens, head of the beetle eradication program in New Jersey for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The newly discovered trees are mostly in Rahway, Union County, about a mile from the original infested tree found Aug. 2 in Carteret, Middlesex County.