Monthly Archives: May 2015
Is That Bug a Boy or a Girl?
Written by Nancy Miorelli Lots of people are curious and want to know if the animal they’re looking at is a boy a girl. You can’t tell the difference with every animal just by looking at it. If you can … Continue reading
Posted in Ecology Tagged Bees, Beetles, Butterfly, Kids Questions, Ovipositor, Sexual Dimorphism, Size 13 Comments
Will That Bug Hurt Me?
Written by Nancy Miorelli We have to get something out of the way first. A lot of people use the word “poisonous” to mean “It hurt me more than just a bite and I could probably die”. However, “Poisonous” and “Venomous” … Continue reading
Posted in Ecology Tagged Aposematic Coloration, Bugs, Insects, Kids Questions, Mimicry, Poisonous, Venomous, Warning Coloration 2 Comments
How do you identify fire ants?
Written by Joe Ballenger Question submitted by Bridget Mendel’s first grade class. Fire ants are a really big problem. They’ve got a really nasty attitude towards both people and other bugs. They’re really common, and it’s too easy to step … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Education, Taxonomy Tagged ants, Kids Questions Leave a comment
Why are some ladybugs half yellow and half brown?
@SciBugs @Stylopidae what is a lady bug called that is half brown and half red? pic.twitter.com/E7JrP8qnzb — Mendel’s Firsties (@bridget_mendel) April 21, 2015 @UKLadybirds How unusual are half-and-half ladybirds like this? It looks pretty unusual to me but was just … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Education, Evolution, Physiology, Research, Taxonomy Tagged Biochemistry, Butterflies and Moths, Ceratopogonidae, Colors, Development 2 Comments
How do you know if a bug has been discovered before?
Post written by Joe Ballenger How do you know if a bug has been discovered before? -Bridget Mendel’s First Grade Class Entomologists have a pretty impressive ability to identify whatever’s put in front of us. It’s a major part of … Continue reading
Posted in Ecology, Research, Taxonomy Tagged Taxonomy 2 Comments
Can Bugs Spit, Puke, or Do Both?
Written by Nancy Miorelli Simple answer is yes and yes! There’s a couple reasons why insects spit or vomit. The first is to protect itself. To help digest food. But lets look at some specific examples.
Posted in Behavior Tagged Bugs, Caterpillar, House Fly, Insects, Kids Questions, Spit, Termite, Vomit 1 Comment
Which Bug Has World Domination?
Written by Nancy Miorelli There are a lot of bugs on the planet. We currently know of about one million species. Beetles alone make up ¹/₅ of all known species on earth! So if you were to name every species on your fingers, … Continue reading
Posted in Ecology Tagged ants, Kids Questions, Population, Termites 2 Comments
#KidQuestions: Why is this month’s theme so important?
For the month of May, Nancy and I decided to focus on questions which were submitted by parents and teachers on behalf of kids. We’ve had a lot of opportunities to talk to kids, whether it’s through skype classroom visits … Continue reading
Posted in News Tagged #KidsQuestions 2 Comments
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