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Crazy Ants: The New Ant Invasion

Nostalgic Days

Do you miss the days when all you had to worry about when cutting the grass was a few painful blisters from those persistent fire ants? No?  Well just wait a bit and you might.  The new wave of ant invasion now spreading throughout Texas and the Southeast arrived sometime in the last two decades and, like the fire ant, has a thing for nesting in electrical boxes, drywall, and basically any other space they feel comfortable crawling into. Please welcome the crazy ants.

Tawny raspberry crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva)
Tawny raspberry crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva)

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Monk Parakeet Populations Growing

 

Three Monk Parakeets perched and interacting in a tangle of branches (Buenos Aires); markshepherdjournal.com
Three Monk Parakeets perched and interacting in a tangle of branches (Buenos Aires).
Photo by Rich Lindie

In 1939, nearly 77 years ago, the Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) was declared extinct.  At the time, it was United States’ only known native parrot.  The cause for its extinction is not certain, but is frequently reported to be the result of deforestation.  Some experts, however, believe deforestation and hunting may have reduced the populations sufficiently to allow other factors, such as disease, to be the proximate cause of extinction.  Continue reading Monk Parakeet Populations Growing