Bugs

Don’t get bit…

We featured a warning about West Nile Virus on OK Nature Blog awhile back, but due to remarkable increases in cases over the past few weeks, public health officials are again warning Oklahomans to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.  The Oklahoma State Department of Health  reminds everyone to use insect repellent when outdoors and […]

Insect collection workshops slated at OSU

Insect collection workshops slated at The Botanic Garden at OSU Eastern Tiger Swallowtail by L. Dillon. STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahomans who have a curiosity about the fascinating world of insects will have the opportunity to expand their interest through a series of educational workshops that will take place at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State […]

West Nile Virus in OK

State Health Officials Warn of West Nile Virus Resurgence Evidence of a resurgence of West Nile virus has state health officials warning Oklahomans to take precautions against the mosquito-borne illness this summer. Image: Wikipedia commons. “The first WNV case in a Pittsburgh County man and positive mosquito tests in Tulsa County are a reminder that […]

Butterfly rarity- Zebra Swallowtail

Jerry Owens from Van Buren, AR,  captured this stunning beauty at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge south of Vian using a Pentax K-5 at 260 mm.  The range of Zebra Swallowtails (Protographium marcellus) just barely includes the eastern fringe of Oklahoma, so it’s not a butterfly that a lot of Okies get to see routinely.  Thanks […]