Insect populations grow exponentially. A single female stink bug can lay up to 400 eggs in one season. So the mind-boggling thing is that if these adult stink bugs had been left alone to mate, Jeff could be looking at thousands of baby stink bugs being hatched in his yard very soon. His garden would be overrun in short order, and by fall there could be tens of thousands of stink bugs trying to get inside his house.
What's your approach to stink bug control: Trap them preemptively, or hope they go away... and panic when they appear en masse on the side of your house in September?
But we like to see what else is out there. Here are a few recent examples showing what insects do naturally, and what they can be "trained" to do.
Here's a video showing paper wasps in super-slow motion. One is taking water droplets back to the nest to cool it, and the other two are guarding the nest entrance. You can really see the legs dangling down when they fly -- which is one big characteristic that distinguishes them from yellowjackets.
And then we have the tweeting houseflies. That's right -- houseflies have been "trained" to use Twitter. The flies are housed in an acrylic sphere, along with a computer keyboard. When they land on a key, it's entered into a Twitter text box -- and when it reaches 140 characters or a fly presses "Enter", it sends a tweet under the account @flycolony.