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Winter Insect Sanctuaries

October 29th, 2015

Winter Insect Sanctuaries

Winter is coming and with that bugs are preparing to ride it out just like the rest of us. So, how do they do this? The four main ways insects spend winter are in hibernation, invading homes, migrating to warmer climates, or actually activate, waking up and partying because winter is their favorite season. Most, however, seek protected places where they can avoid predators and freezes. They also tend to ride out winter in their most hardy life stage.

These life stages include adulthood, the larvae stage, nymphs, eggs, and as pupae. Most beetles weather winter as adults, finding refuge in warm, dry places. Insects such as June beetles survive winter as larvae, burrowing underground below the frost. The nymphs of dragonflies, mayflies and stoneflies are actually active during winter, living beneath the ice of ponds and streams. Most aphids overwinter as eggs protected by trees and shrubs. Moths spend the winter in their pupae (cocoon) stage, emerging in their adult form once springtime comes.

Unfortunately for humans, insects are pretty hardy. Even if they lose numbers during the winters they tend to make up for them when summer comes. There is just no escaping these little critters.

Where do you usually see insects during winter?

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