Now that spring is officially here, and snow in Milford has at least retreated from the entrances of our driveways to the corners of our backyards, perhaps it’s okay to close the “I heart winter” playbook and recognize some benefit from Winter 2013-14.
Winter gets rid of insects. Their disappearance is actually temporary, not permanent, though. Many insects have a thick lubricant circulating inside of them that’s more like anti-freeze than blood, and keeps their metabolism running despite the cold. Other insects operate on a complicated schedule whereby, as larvae, they spend the winter under the bark of trees or even deeper within tree trunks, a survival strategy that works particularly well if they’re lucky enough to pick the side of a tree warmed by the sun. Let’s look at three examples of overwintering insects, picking ones on the “Most Wanted” list for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).