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Virginia Home Grown: March 2015

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:59pm -- WCVE

Season 15 gets underway with all new segments and in-studio guests. Host Amy Williams talks with Todd Ellis about the fine art of Bonsai. Co-host Peggy Singlemann learns proper pruning techniques with Arborists from the City of Richmond. John Thompson with Virginia Cooperative Extension presents Common Milkweed as the Plant of the Month and Peggy Singlemann's Tip from Maymont is about Seeds and Sets for vegetable gardening.

Indoor Collecting

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss Art's journey to Liberty, Indiana to pick up a synoptic set of identified beetles from his friend and colleague at Miami University, Dave Russell.

Harbingers of Spring

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss the emergence of spring insects indoors and out.

Photo: Only a few millimeters long, this bright red soft winged flower beetle, Anthocomus equestris (Coleoptera: Melyridae) is quite conspicuous in homes as it walks across walls and windows.

Mantisflies

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss that natural history of a predatory insect that looks like a mantis, but is more closely related to a doodlebug.

Frog-killing Beetle Larvae

Dr. Art Evans, entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss a recently published scientific study in Israel that reveals the gruesome feeding habits of larval ground beetles in the genus Epomis. Using their mouthparts and antennae as lures, hungry larvae draw the attention of hungry and much larger frogs and toads with often deadly results.

To read the original research and to see more photos, visit here.

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