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Lonnie Standifer and the beginning of honeybee toxicology

Honeybees and humans have an ancient relationship. There’s evidence of honeybees being kept in clay pots in North Africa roughly 10,000 years ago. On Twitter, we’ve even discussed the bizarre twists and turns of how honeybees were studied up until … Continue reading

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Dr. Margaret S. Collins: The Termite Lady – Featuring Black Entomologist Stories

Margaret Collins, the Termite Lady, was an African African who helped shape the face of entomological termite research but was also a powerful force fighting for human rights Continue reading

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The “Murder Hornets” AKA Asian Giant Hornet

Well. Thanks New York Times. 🙄🙄 Hai. I’m Nancy – I was supposed to write my “Re-introduction” this week because of our hiatus. However … Now that every entomologist ever needs to clean up this puked up fur-ball of a … Continue reading

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We’re coming back from hiatus tomorrow!

Dear Fans and Friends,   First of all, we, the Ask an Entomologist team would like to thank you for submitting your question. Many have asked questions throughout the years, and your continued interests in insects is greatly appreciated.   … Continue reading

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The Household Casebearer is…a little weird. It’s also one of the most common pests we get asked about.

Written by Joe Ballenger We get a lot of questions about household pests, and the biology of these pests can be a bit…weird. Most live in dry areas, and have a lot of adaptations to deal with it. It’s also … Continue reading

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Ladybugs as invasive species…what does the science say?

Written by Joe Ballenger So…this is a correction of a previous post I wrote on Facebook, back in March. In the comments under the article, I may have gotten myself into a bit of trouble because I made some comments … Continue reading

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A look at resistance management in biotechnology.

Written by Joe Ballenger I work in industry, so it’s not often that I can talk about what I do. The reason for this is that I work in a group called discovery, which means that I look for new … Continue reading

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Caught on camera: A wasp…party?

Written by Joe Ballenger During the fall, we get a lot of questions about wasps…but not about wasps in nests. Often, these are from people who work in construction or otherwise around heights. I know the sizing of the pictures … Continue reading

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Why do ticks make people allergic to meat?

Written by Joe Ballenger This question was very unique. We had a person in the AaE Facebook inbox reach out to us after she had been diagnosed with a meat allergy, most likely from a tick. After a conversation with … Continue reading

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Los Angeles is Burning: So What’s Happening to the Bugs?

Written by Joe Ballenger Name: Shamus You Question! Or Comment. =): Do you have any knowledge on insects in western Canada during/following wildfires? Do certain insects have protective measures they take during wildfire, or do they just leave the area? … Continue reading

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