Emerald Ash Borer

Laurie consults quarantined insect researcher Julie Gould on the invasive Emerald Ash Borer. They focus in on the creature’s potential threat to New England and what researchers like Gould are doing to prevent it.

Winter Moth

Jeff Boettner and Laurie observe the increasingly detrimental influence of the invasive winter moth.

Bird Flight Calls

Originally Aired 10/27/08. Andrew Farnsworth listens in on the nighttime calls of birds in flight. What are they be communicating? Laurie speaks with Farnsworth to find […]

Spider Vision

Originally Aired 10/20/08. Laurie and Kathryn Craig explain the ultraviolet properties of spiders webs. These features, unseen by human eyes, bolsters the spider’s strategy of deception […]

Bird Vision

Originally Aired 10/6/08. A 4th cone in the retina of birds give them to ability to see in the ultraviolet spectrum. Richard Prum explains the […]

Bumblebees

Originally Aired 9/29/08. Laurie and Russ Miller discuss the declining population of bumblebees and the origins of this rampant problem.

Treehoppers

Originally Aired 9/8/08. Manuel Morales examines the unlikely symbiosis between treehoppers and formica ants.

Caterpillars

Originally Aired 8/4/08. Laurie speaks with Dave Wagner, UConn biologist, about the life of a caterpillar and their surprising influences on your day to day […]

Bees

Originally Aired 7/21/08. John Ascher sheds light on the life of native bees and the serious threats they are facing.

Cicadas

Originally Aired 6/23/08. Laurie visits Cape Cod to experience the infamous emergence of the 17 year cicadas. Entomologist Jeff Boettner explains the abnormal life cycle […]