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 into some of these opportunities.
Joe, along with a friend of his, will be doing the MythWits podcast on April 6th. The topic will be about CCD, which he’s written extensively about on other websites…namely Biofortified. You can read what he’s written in the past here, here and here.
Joining Joe will be Doug Yanega, a senior Museum Scientist at UC Riverside who studies bees. You can read what he’s written on the topic here.
2) Question of the Month
We’re pleased to announce a Question of the Month contest, which we’re running in conjunction with Entomology Today. Entomology Today is the official blog of the Entomological Society of America, of which both Nancy and Joe are members.
Once a month, we’ll choose a question we think is particularly interesting and the answer will appear in Entomology Today a week before it appears on this blog. It’s a pretty cool opportunity, and one we hope will bring broader exposure to our mission with this site.
We’ve had a lot of questions about insects from parents and teachers. A lot of these questions are really good, so we would like to do another theme month for the month of May to focus on these questions. The posts in May will center around questions asked by kids, which we’ll call #kidquestions.
If your kid has a question about insects, simply contact us and mention the kid’s age. As always, we’ll respect any requests for anonymity.
4)Bug Pics on Instagram
We’ve set up an instagram account at BugQuestions, where we’ll take pictures of bugs wherever we are! Follow us to get the lowdown on some awesome bugs and behaviors. We’ll probably end up answering questions there too depending on the nature of the question.
So we hope that you guys are as excited as we are for the opportunity to expand beyond our site. We’re always working on new stuff, and when stuff outside of AaE comes up…we’ll post an announcement on the blog!
We’re totally open to suggestions too so continue to email, tweet, and tag us! We’re only possible because of you and we appreciate all your involvement and support!