Nature Moments: House Invaders


If you live in an old house, you are probably acquainted with these three home invaders: long-bodied cellar spiders, western conifer seed bugs, and multicolored Asian lady beetles. Although they’re not native to the northeast, they’re completely harmless and really quite companionable—some of them will even dance for you! Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences Nathaniel T. Wheelwright, presents this latest Nature Moments video.

If you want to make your own natural history observations, The Naturalist’s Notebook (Storey Publishing, 2017) by Wheelwright and Research Associate in Biology Bernd Heinrich, provides guidance and a systematic format, with 100 percent of royalties going to conservation and environmental education.

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One thought on “Nature Moments: House Invaders

  1. Christopher H. Hanks '68

    I’ve lived for 10 years in an old brick house in Milwaukee built in 1909 – and the Asian lady bugs show up every spring.

    We’ve also got some really creepy centipedes who enjoy crawling across the ceiling occasionally while we’re watching TV.

    I’m wondering whether there’s a connection between the centipedes and the ladybugs. God only knows what’s going on inside the walls of our house.

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