Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dust. It isn't an insect, but I'm sure it affects them.

Ok. So, this isn't insect related, but this kind of weather certainly can have a major impact on crops and entomological studies. Most of the Midwest doesn't experience this kind of weather. However, extreme weather seems to define this region. The top image is a storm front that blew in today. Note the rather large wall of dust that is moving in with it. The bottom video shows the result as the front passed over. I would guess that there was about 15-20 minutes of nothing but dust before a drop of rain fell.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

'Miller moths" [continued]

The army cutworm moths (A.K.A., miller moths) continue their increase. Last night an extremely large number of them began settling in the North Platte Valley. Today I took some footage of me spooking the moths out from their resting sites under the overhang at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. Sorry for the jittery video, I was taking the video with my phone.