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The Bugs of Bernheim: Cicada Killers

Cicada Killers: who’s listening? On hot summer days, the air is filled with the sound of cicadas.  The male’s mating call is a loud series of beats and clicks strung together to make one long, continuous undulating song.  While preoccupied with finding love, the cicada has inadvertently captured the attention of another female insect who […]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

Recently, I discovered bird droppings on a Pawpaw tree (Asimina triloba) in my backyard.  Upon closer inspection it turns out, they were young caterpillars of one of my favorites, Zebra Swallowtail butterflies.  I was only momentarily torn between our native Pawpaw tree, which is the only temperate representative of an otherwise tropical plant family, and […]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Click Beetles

Click Beetles are named after the noise they make when grabbed by a predator.  This amazing insect will fall onto its back after a confrontation with a predator and play dead.  In order to right itself, a Click Beetle will bend its head and chest forward, then place a spike in its chest into a hook in its abdomen.  […]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Diptera, The True Flies

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.  […]

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 Bugs of Bernheim: Grasshoppers

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 more […]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Crickets (Orthoptera)

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 thermometer.  […]

RUX at CONNECT Artist Spotlight: Heather Summers & Anna Krippenstapel

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 […]