Category Archives: Culture

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

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Ecuador Update #3 – From FaceBug to Housing

Hello again! Just bringing you some more news. We’ve so far raised $2,227!!  That leaves us with just $300 to go to reach our goal and build six houses in Carlos’s community. We’ve been planning with Manuel and Cristina and the … Continue reading

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Facebug Challenge, Chibis, and New Houses – Ecuador Earthquake Relief Update

When I put out our plea for help a few days ago asking for aid after the recent earthquakes in Ecuador. I had no idea what was going to become of it. It’s always a little terrifying when you throw a … Continue reading

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Shake It Off – Earthquake Relief in Ecuador

Hai! You might remember me as one of the authors on this site, although in all honesty, internet-less jungle life has hampered my abilities to research and write articles. But I do surface from time to time to talk about … Continue reading

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The Entomologist Hobbyist

Let’s jump right on in there. First of all, it seems to me that you’re really interested in Entomology! You’ve told me twice in this short email how you’re excited to get started, so jump on in there!! As long … Continue reading

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Did metamorphosis evolve through hybridization? A scientific cautionary tale.

Written by Joe Ballenger This question, received through our Facebook page, is one that actually hits close to home for me because it involves one of my scientific idols: This dates back to a paper published in 2009, one which … Continue reading

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So what’s the deal with Zika virus? What’s going on in Brazil?

In the recent few weeks, the news has been filling up with stories about a new epidemic called Zika virus. Since it’s a hot topic, and potentially very important, I wanted to write something explaining what this virus is from … Continue reading

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Which arthropod pets are good for beginners?

Your Name: Alex Your Bug Question: Hello. I love my pets very dearly. Sadly I am going to college and cannot take them with me. I believe a tarantula would be the best option because I plan to bring it … Continue reading

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Why can’t you buy a jar of fireflies? Or: What factors decide which insects are sold online?

One of the neat things about this project is that we get some questions that are asking about things in a very narrow sense, but hit on some really important and interesting topics which are very relevant in a broader … Continue reading

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We’re On An Adventure! ESA 2015

Written by Nancy Miorelli Hello from Minneapolis! Joe and I have been really busy at the Entomology Society of America conference, doing what we like most: listening to other people talking about cool science and talking to people about cool … Continue reading

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