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Do insects get fat? Everything you ever wanted to know about the fat body.

Written by Joe Ballenger So this is a fantastic question, especially if you’re trying to shed those extra pounds after Thanksgiving and Christmas. So do bugs get fat? Yeah, they do. Sometimes it’s adorable, and sometimes it’s…not.

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So why DOES anesthesia work on plants?

Written by Joe Ballenger I was on Twitter recently, and one of my colleagues found a rather cool article by Luke Hollomon about plants and anesthesia. When we’re working with insects in the lab, we often have to knock them … Continue reading

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So let’s talk about how insects have helped make the Coronavirus vaccines.

Written by Joe Ballenger In December 2019, the world changed forever. I know that’s a bit of a heady way to begin this article, but it’s true. The current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has changed a lot of the way people live, … Continue reading

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Asian Giant Hornets: What comes next?

Nancy has a new project called the SciHive on Facebook, and it’s a great resource if you want to interact with professional entomologists (like us!). In light of the Washington State Department of Agriculture exterminating a Asian Giant Hornet nest, … Continue reading

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Why are baby scorpions born white?

A student of mine is researching scorpions and he has a question about emperor scorpions that we have been unable to answer through our own research. He has learned that baby emperor scorpions are born white, but he cannot find … Continue reading

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Gamified Entomology Workshops & Ecuador EcoTourism. Hai – I’m Nancy

Nancy is an Entomologist living in Ecuador. Her tourism business was going strong in Ecuador before the everything of 2020, but now she’s focused on gamified entomology workshops. Continue reading

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What’s so special about periodical cicadas?

So. Short and easy question. Why do people love the periodical cicadas?

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Do Wasp Nest Decoys Work?

Do wasp nest decoys actually work? No. Mostly likely not. Learn about why! Continue reading

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Do new species always happen because of reproductive isolation?

So, I really like this question from Zach Weinersmith: He later followed up the query with a further clarification: This is a fantastic question, because there’s a lot of REALLY weird biology when it comes to how lineages diverge. Sometimes, … Continue reading

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Sophie Lutterlough: The One Woman Information Bureau

Written by Nancy Miorelli As we bring our celebration of Black Entomologists Who Shaped Entomology to a close, the Ask an Entomologist team is continuing the conversation about how we can help provide support, inclusivity, and diversity in our science … Continue reading

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