Monthly Archives: April 2015
Why are caterpillar hairs itchy? Why do caterpillar hairs cause abortions in horses? Can they hurt other pets?
Written by Joe Ballenger The great thing about being on social media is that we run into a lot of questions and conversations that are very closely related to each other despite the fact that the participants might not realize … Continue reading
Posted in Chemistry, Physiology Tagged Butterfly, Caterpillar, defense, Lepidoptera, moth, venom 4 Comments
Collecting Tips – The Awkward Inbetween Steps
Written by Nancy Miorelli The internet is chock-full of advice for collecting and if you’re looking to build an insect collection but can’t take a formal class, there’s lots of available help. I myself, have a YouTube series dedicated to … Continue reading
Posted in Taxonomy Tagged alcohol, Bug, bug collection, butterfly triangle, Insect, Insect collection, kill jar, killing jar, lep triangle, preservation, relaxing chamber 42 Comments
How Would One Go About Raising Cicadas in Captivity?
Written by Joe Ballenger Today’s question comes from Trevor Knight, via our Facebook page. He wants to know if it’s possible to rear cicadas in captivity. It’s a good question, and one I’ve been curious about myself. Insect rearing is … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Education, Physiology, Research Tagged Cicadas, Cicadidae, Insect Rearing, Physiology 9 Comments
What Do Bugs Do When It Rains?
Written by Nancy Miorelli It’s been raining here for the past week and a half. I feel like I should have invested in an ark instead of a new computer. And if you think I’m exaggerating (okay, but only slightly) we’ve gotten … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Physiology Tagged ants, Bugs, Butterflies, Mosquitoes, Rain, rain beetles, Weather 10 Comments
Can Arachnids Regenerate Blood Lost After an Injury?
Written by Joe Ballenger @BugQuestions once the injury “seals”, pressure goes back to normal? Hemolymph somehow regenerates? Thanks for answering. — Katzider (@katzider) April 11, 2015 Just as knowing what to do in an emergency is important, understanding how invertebrate … Continue reading
Posted in Physiology Tagged Biochemistry, Bleeding, Hemolymph, Invertebrate, Pet, Physiology, Spider 2 Comments
When a Spider Loses a Leg, Does Its Whole Hydraulic System Lose Pressure?
Written by Joe Ballenger @BugQuestions whenever a spider loses a leg, does its whole hydraulic system loses pressure as well? My ghost spider lost a leg and froze. — Katzider (@katzider) April 10, 2015 This question came to us from … Continue reading
Posted in Education, Physiology Tagged Beneficial Insects, Education, Insect Killing, Pets, Physiology, Predator, Science, Science Communicaiton, Spiders, Veterinary Care 7 Comments
Birds, Cows, Hens, and Bugs – Things the Ladybug is Not: Why Are Ladybugs Called Ladybugs?
Written by Nancy Miorelli One of the questions that I’ve seen on Twitter and on Instagram is why is the ladybug called a “ladybug” or a “ladybird” if you’re in the UK. These names are especially confusing because it’s obviously … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Taxonomy Tagged Coccinellidae, Lady Beetle, Ladybird, Ladybug, Mary, why are ladybugs called ladybugs 9 Comments
Everything You Wanted to Know About Colony Collapse Disorder.
Written by Joe Ballenger Today’s post is a little bit different than our other posts, mostly because we’re doing it on a podcast instead of text. A few months ago, we got a question from Peter Bryant of the Mythwits … Continue reading
Exciting Stuff! New Directions for Ask an Entomologist
Post written by Nancy Miorelli and Joe Ballenger As Ask an Entomologist has grown, we’re excited to have had a few opportunities to collaborate with some really cool people. Nancy and Joe wanted to make a post to cue folks … Continue reading
Posted in News Tagged #Filter, BugQuestions, Colony Collapse Disorder, Instagram, KidQuestions, Podcast 4 Comments
The perfect April Fool’s day post: What’s going on in this video?
In our email on Monday, we received a message from Mike Menefee with a link to this video: I witnessed (and videoed) an interesting interaction today between a wasp and a fly. They seemed to be working together in some … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Physiology Tagged Butterflies, Butterflies and Moths, Butterfly, Chemical ecology, Diptera, Flies, Hymenoptera, Kleptoparasitism, Parasites, Spiders, Wasps Leave a comment
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