Category Archives: Ecology

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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Can Spiders Learn From Each Other?

Written by Joe Ballenger Your Name: Mark Your Bug Question: I have spiders in and around my house.  I eventually get around to removing their webs from hard to reach places like living room chandelier.  It takes so long that … Continue reading

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What are carpet beetles doing on my cilantro?

Written by Joe Ballenger Dear Entomologist, Could you please help with a bug question. I found many small bugs on my cilantro flowers which look like carpet beetles. Should I be worried about them in my vegetable garden and or … Continue reading

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Fleeting Moments: How Long Do Butterflies Live?

  Written by Nancy Miorelli Have you ever found some butterflies, been captivated by their magic, and wondered how long they live? Well if you have, you’re not alone. Not only did we get several questions about this in our … Continue reading

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What happens when two queen bees meet?

Your Name: Dominic Your Bug Question: Hi, I have a question in my head that I know only an Entomologist can answer. it’s about bees. I tried searching for answers on the internet haven’t found any. My question is, What … Continue reading

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Do insects get trapped in water drops? Why aren’t they constantly drowning?

Frankwmcarr Question: Is it true that very small insects (e.g., ants) can get trapped inside water drops due to the high surface tension forces of water? We got this question in the comments of Nancy’s post, What do Bugs do … Continue reading

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Hooks, Graspers, Spikes, and Stalkers … Oh My! How [Some] Insects Have Sex

Written by Nancy Miorelli I’d give this post a PG13 rating. Please don’t take dating advice from insects. Keep everything consensual in your love life. And now, everything you ever wanted to know about insect sex. Actually, that would take too … Continue reading

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