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Word of the Day: Bug Weapons

Above: The leaf-footed bug uses its unique hind legs as weapons. UF/IFAS photo by Christine Miller. A cat’s claws, a rhino’s horn, a snake’s fangs—many animals use weapons that are part of their body to catch food, defend themselves or compete with others. Bugs are also armed with weapons. Just watch these leaf-footed bugs wrestle to defend their territory or for a chance to mate! Beneficial insects also have bug weapons they


Bug of the Day: Bigeyed Bug

Above: Bigeyed bugs can be found on lawns or garden plants. UF/IFAS photo by Lyle Buss. My, what big eyes you have! As their name says, the bigeyed bugs are characterized by their two prominent eyes. These relatively small bugs (about one-sixth of an inch long) hang out on turf, ornamental plants and agricultural crops. Their appetite for pests such as mites, aphids, and bollworms make them beneficial bugs for humans. More facts about


Jeepers creepers what are all these creatures? See our new UF/IFAS Featured Creatures!

It is that time of year when it seems that everywhere you look is an insect you have never seen before. To keep you in the know we have pulled together some of the newest Creatures from the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Featured Creatures Website. These articles were developed by UF scientists, students, and collaborators and the excerpts below are from the actual article.  If you do not see