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Category Archives: Culture
The Mothers of Entomological History
In honor of Women’s History Month, we would like to share a blog article that Joanie wrote with Morgan Thompson and Jaclyn Martin for Entomology Today. Check it out using the link above.
Posted in Culture, History Tagged Entomological History, Entomological Society of America, Women of entomology 3 Comments
What would it be like to eat a bug that was about as large as a loaf of bread?
“What would it be like to eat a bug that was about as large as a loaf of bread? This question was inspired by a video game called Grounded, in which shrunken kids have to survive on a lawn, which … Continue reading
Posted in Culture Tagged Anthropo-entomophagy, Anthropoentomophagy, catzos, chontacuros, crickets, Ecuador, Entomophagy, seafood, silkworms, waxworms Leave a comment
Deathwatch Beetles – Spooky Sounds
Tick, tick. Tap, tap, tap. These sounds are produced by a deathwatch beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum). Old buildings can sometimes give us spooky vibes. However, for the deathwatch beetle, they are quite welcoming. This is because these beetles are woodboring and … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Culture Tagged Deathwatch beetle, Grim Reaper, Xestobium rufovillosum 1 Comment
Coming Out of the Woodwork: Worm Shoes, Mayflower II Restoration, and Maintaining Wood for the Long Term
Written by Nancy Miorelli Edited by Dylan Perry My Dad has interesting hobbies and interests. One such interest is history – specifically during the age of tall ships. Tall ships are those ships that are cruising around in Pirates of … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Pest Management Tagged damaged wood, mayflower, mayflower II, ship building, tall ship, wood, wood boring beetles, wood maintenance, wood protection, worm shoe Leave a comment
Why Do Bugs Circle Lights and Fibonacci, and Other Mathematical Patterns Found in Insects
Written by Nancy Miorelli I recently received this question when talking to one of the tourists at the Maquipucuna Ecolodge, where I work. I thought it was so interesting because we always hear about mathematical patterns – especially Fibonacci sequences … Continue reading
Posted in Culture Tagged Bug, Compound Eye, eye, fibonacci, hexagon, honey bee, Insect, Math, mathematical patterns, moth lamp meme, why are bugs attracted to lights Leave a comment
DDT: The Situation Today
Written by Joe Ballenger I wanted to dedicate another post to some of my other concerns about the pro-DDT movement. When I read posts which advocate DDT reintroduction in the US, a small amount of attention is paid to issues … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Economics, Evolution, History, Law, Pest Management, Physiology, Uncategorized Tagged DDT, Evolution, History, India, Pesticide Resistance, Pesticides, Politics 1 Comment
Do we need to bring back DDT?
Written by Joe Ballenger I’ve had a number of friends ask me to tackle the topic of possibly bringing back DDT. These requests go back months, and I’ve been hesitant to tackle the topic because of the politics surrounding this … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Ecology, History, Pest Management, Uncategorized Tagged Environment, History, Malaria, Mosquito control, Science Politics 1 Comment
Entolegality: Do entomologists have special bug privileges?
Written by Joe Ballenger Is it true that you can order insects when it is illegal for me to order them? Example I would wanna buy a beetle from Japan and it’s illegal for me to own one can you … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, History, Law, Pest Management, Uncategorized Tagged Agriculture, Environment, Government, History, Invasive Species, Law, Protocol, Science 1 Comment
I’m Afraid of Bed Bugs and Infestation … Help?
Written by Nancy Miorelli It’s no wonder people are afraid of bugs with how they’re portrayed in the media. It’s true that insects are our major competitors for both our food and our health and invade our homes. In my … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Pest Management Tagged afraid, airplane, bed bugs, bedbug, help, hotel, infestation, movie theater, paranoia 2 Comments
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