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The Bugs of Bernheim: Diptera, The True Flies

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Diptera, the true flies, are named because unlike many insects, they fly using two true wings.  There are more than 150,000 different species of flies. [In Greek:  Di = two, and Ptera = wings] While most people tend to think of them as dirty creatures, perhaps we should take a second look at that assumption.  In reality, our world would be a … [Read more]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Protective Resemblance

While crouching in a thicket during a game of hide-and-seek when I was about ten years old, I spied what appeared to be a thorn moving along the stem of a blackberry bramble. Taking a closer look, I noticed tiny legs beneath this “thorn” moving it along. I soon discovered that the wings folded over the back and formed a curved point --a perfect … [Read more]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Grasshoppers

Photo credit: Kansas State University

The Orthoptera order of insects derives from the Greek words “ortho” meaning straight and “ptera” meaning wing. Grasshoppers, Locusts, Katydids, and Crickets are all included in this order. Caelifera, otherwise known as grasshopper, has at least 11,000 species within its suborder. This insect may be elusive to some as the male is heard chirping … [Read more]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Crickets (Orthoptera)

Photo credit: Herbert A. "Joe" Pase III, Texas Forest Service

Orthoptera are named because their primary wings are straight.  There are more than 27,000 different species of orthoptera that include grasshoppers, katydids, crickets and locusts. [In Greek:  Ortho = straight, and Ptera = wings] Crickets are one member of the insect order Orthoptera, but they can also be used as a sort of natural … [Read more]

RUX at CONNECT Artist Spotlight: Heather Summers & Anna Krippenstapel

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Art, Music and Fun are synonymous with CONNECT at Bernheim.  This year is no different as Billy Goat Strut Revue and kRi Majesty take to the stage.  Our recent partnership with theKentucky Rural-Urban Exhange (RUX) will bring new sounds of Kentucky to CONNECT with performances from artists highlighted in this blog series.  These artists are a … [Read more]

RUX at CONNECT Artist Spotlight: Lance Newman

Art, Music and Fun are synonymous with CONNECT at Bernheim.  This year is no different as Billy Goat Strut Revue and kRi Majesty take to the stage.  Our recent partnership with theKentucky Rural-Urban Exhange (RUX) will bring new sounds of Kentucky to CONNECT with performances from artists highlighted in this blog series.  These artists are a … [Read more]