Monthly Archives: July 2016
Cockroach milk is not the next superfood. It could be a lot more important than that.
Written by Joe Ballenger A number of articles circulating everywhere online are claiming that a new ‘superfood’ has been found in cockroaches, and although I’m happy popular culture is focusing on the fact cockroaches are good moms…they’re missing a far … Continue reading
Posted in Chemistry, Culture, Developmental Biology, News, Physiology Tagged Biochemistry, Cockroach, Cockroach milk, Cockroaches, X-ray crystallography 6 Comments
Do insects have personalities?
Written by Joe Ballenger After our spider post, I thought it would be nice to tackle this question because these questions open one of the biggest rabbit holes in the field of insect science: Since you are the experts, my … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Physiology Tagged Aphids, Biochemistry, Drosophila, Neurobiology, Neurology, Personality, White 2 Comments
How similar is Entomology to Pokemon? Do scientists ever make bugs fight?
Written by Joe Ballenger The release of Pokemon Go has been great for us entomologists, because we have been able to get people to realize why we love our jobs so much. The creator of Pokemon, Satoshi Tajiri, actually got … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Culture, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Insect Rearing, Physiology Tagged Agriculture, Beneficial Insects, Bug Fights, Butterflies and Moths, Culture, Parasites, Physiology, Wasps 1 Comment
Can Spiders Learn From Each Other?
Written by Joe Ballenger Your Name: Mark Your Bug Question: I have spiders in and around my house. I eventually get around to removing their webs from hard to reach places like living room chandelier. It takes so long that … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Pest Management Tagged Cellar Spiders, learning, Spiders, Web Building 4 Comments