Category Archives: Behavior

Bugs With Fuzzy Butts: What are They?!

Spring and summer time bring out all the interesting bugs! Over the years (and recently) we’ve had a few people ask what these insects are and why they have “fuzzy butts.” These insects are broadly called planthoppers. Why do they … Continue reading

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What’s putting bugs in pots on my windowsill?

Written by Joe Ballenger Does anyone know what kind of worms these are? They were in this mudlike ball stuck to the screen (second pic after it burst open) and when I flicked it to remove it, it busted apart … 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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Healthy Insect Relationships: How Insects Court Each Other

Written by Nancy Miorelli A while back I wrote an article about how insect relationships are a bit … non consensual. And these kinds of articles flood the internet because it’s all the hype and drama that you’d want to … Continue reading

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Which of these arthropods is an ant?

Here is a video I did a while back on ant mimics. In the video I say that you can type “MIMIC” to recieve the free PDF; however, that only works on facebook. You can also download the PDF from here: Ant … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Choked Up Over It! Can Insects Choke?

Written by Nancy Miorelli This brilliant gem came from a five year old. Kids ask the best questions, don’t they? MY 5 YEAR-OLD: I have a good question ME: okayKID: can bugs chokeME: wow KID: knew it was a good … Continue reading

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How can I raise praying mantids inside during winter?

Written by Joe Ballenger I found a praying mantis egg sac on the small trellis of a potted plant I brought inside for the winter. The plant has started growing on the trellis again, so I can’t remove it. If … Continue reading

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Interacting With Ekbom’s sufferers: Guidelines from the dermatology literature.

Infestations can be very difficult to handle in online science outreach projects. We do our best to give the best possible advice, but ultimately it’s an issue where you need boots on the ground. During our infestation post, we mentioned … Continue reading

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How much water can ants drink?

Written by Joe Ballenger Your Name: charles Your Bug Question: How much can an ant drink of water? I thought this question about how ants drink was really cool. It’s a question that has a pretty simple answer at first, … Continue reading

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Bees carrying leaves? What’s up with that?

Written by Joe Ballenger Your Name: Clark Your Bug Question: I noticed a small flying insect about the size of a honey bee, fuzzy, all black flying around with a small leaf in its legs. It flew down between some … Continue reading

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