Monthly Archives: July 2015
Chemical Warfare and Evolution
Written by Nancy Miorelli Just this week I had the unique opportunity to give a joint presentation with Jon Perry from Stated Clearly. Jon and I worked for several months together, in combination with a team of other scientists and … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Chemistry, Physiology, Taxonomy Tagged Benzequinones, Bombardier Beetle, Chemistry, Hydrogen Cyanide, Millipede, neurotoxins, Poisonous, Spiders, Venomous 1 Comment
What insects are entomologists afraid of?
Written by Joe Ballenger Your Name: Jessica Your message: Just wondering if entomologists feared any insect bug or other creatures with lots of legs? I’m recently freaked out but monster freaking demon camel crickets so pretty much every cricket is … Continue reading
How do I become an entomologist?
Post written by Joe Ballenger Your Name: Catherine Mitson Your Bug Question: Hello! I am an undergraduate student studying Conservation Biology at the University of Exeter but my main interest is in insects and I would love to go down … Continue reading
Posted in Education Tagged advisor, Graduate School, network entomology Leave a comment
What Is That Bug? Thank a Taxonomist!
Written by Nancy Miorelli We normally reserve our energy for writing about insects, but we often get inquiries asking us to identify insects. This isn’t our main purpose. We’ll help you as far as we can and then refer you to other blogs, Facebook groups, and websites where entomology … Continue reading
Posted in Taxonomy Tagged Bugs, Identification, Insects, Taxonomy 3 Comments
Why do Argentine ants from Georgia fight each other, but Argentine ants from California tolerate one another?
Written by Joe Ballenger @BugQuestions What’s the deal with L. humile on the West Coast (one + colony) vs. East (many warring colonies) – Why? — Nathanael Johnson (@SavorTooth) February 12, 2015 This is one of those questions that’s really … Continue reading
Posted in Physiology Tagged ant, argentine ant, colony, pavement ant, sugar ant Leave a comment
If a Bug Is Dropped From a Tall Building, Will It Splat?
Written by Nancy Miorelli Math Help from Matt Zawodniak If you’d like a snarky answer, then this is going to be short and you can go on your merry way. The bug would probably just fly away. Even insects with … Continue reading
Posted in Physiology Tagged Bug, Cockroach, Empire State Building, Physics, Terminal Velocity 2 Comments
Can I Bring That On a Plane?
Written by Nancy Miorelli It’s happened to all of us. You go to the pet store or the adoption agency and fall in love with a big sweet pair of eyes. Or like, 4 pairs of eyes. And 8 legs. Okay, … Continue reading
Is there any truth to the rumor that ants eat cows, people and crops?
@BugQuestions I once read a short story called "Leningen Versus the Ants." Any truth to ants eating cows, devouring crops, etc? Thanks! — Permanent Side Eye. (@sarahkerr81) February 19, 2015 If you’ve never read the short story Leiningen Versus the … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Ecology, Physiology Tagged Agriculture, animals, ant, cow, cow killer, farm, locust, sting 8 Comments