No. 13/August 8, 2016
Green June Beetle
Green June beetle adults are stocky, green, and about three-fourths inch long. They make a loud buzzing sound when they fly and apparently prefer to fly into upright objects, including people. They are most active on warm, sunny days and are present throughout Illinois. They used to not be present north of Peoria, but they were found this week in Oregon, IL in Ogle County. Green June beetle adults feed on flower pollen and are commonly found on flowers. They also feed on soft fruits, causing severe damage to ripening peaches.
Cicada killers and sand wasps are solitary wasps, the female of which digs a 6- to 10-inch burrow (with a diameter of 1/4 to 1/2 inch) in the ground. She locates and stings a large insect such as a cicada or katydid, drags it to a chamber in the burrow, and lays an egg on it. The female covers up the burrow, digs another one, and repeats the process.
NIOSH N95 Holiday
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the U.S. federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.