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Spring 2014 Newsletter
Tom TurpinOn Six Legs, 6/25/15
Illustration by Arwin Provonsha
Indiana warm summer nights that follow the summer solstice – the shortest night of the year and the official beginning of summer – mean it's prime time for aerial displays of luminescent insects. These insects are beetles that are classified scientifically in the insect family Lampyridae.
Of course, few people use the term Lampyridae in reference to flashers of the insect type, except maybe an old entomologist or two. Most folks refer to the aerial showoffs by using a common name: either firefly or lightningbug.
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The Purdue Bee Laboratory held the Queen Rearing Class on June 20, 2015 with 29 students from six states participating! This was the most "bee informed" group in the history of the class, so things progressed smoothly. Participants finished transferring the 24-hour larvae to the queen cups in just over an hour. The students had about 35% cell acceptance, and some will return this coming weekend to collect their 10-day queen cells.
Several graduate students and visiting scientists traveled to Manhattan, Kansas for the 2015 meeting of the North Central Branch of ESA. The following awards were presented.
Purdue alumnus Dave Hogg (BS '71; MS '74) was recently honored at the ESA NCB meeting in Manhattan, Kansas, when he was presented the C. V. Riley Achievement Award. Paula Davis from DuPont Pioneer presented the plaque to Dave (pictured) which indicates that it is awarded "for outstanding and significant contribution to the science of entomology."
Congratulations to Dave!