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Category Archives: Education
Please stop sharing the ‘wasps are jerks’ memes.
I really try not to use this blog to jump on the soap-box too often but for some reason the internet has decided that wasps are the Martin Shkrelis of the insect world, and I think this needs to stop. … Continue reading
Posted in Education Tagged Agriculture, Bees, Beneficial Insects, Biocontrol, Wasps 26 Comments
What did these wasps manage to get themselves stuck in?
We get a lot of neat pictures in our inbox, and I think this is one of the cooler images we’ve gotten because there’s a lot going on in this picture. I’m not 100% certain of what the wasps are … Continue reading
Posted in Chemistry, Ecology, Education, Taxonomy Tagged Beneficial Insects, Biochemistry, Cockroach, Hymenoptera, Physiology Leave a comment
Stink bugs: Telling the good ones from the bad ones.
At about this time of year I expect to start getting a lot of questions about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, or the BMSB as I like to call it. It’s an introduced stink bug from Asia, which has quickly … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Ecology, Education, News, Pest Management Tagged Agriculture, Beneficial Insects, Bug, Bugs 9 Comments
Adventure Time! In The Rain Forest!
Written by Nancy Miorelli Posting for the next week or so may be more sporadic than usual. We try very hard to post twice a week usually around Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday. We totally appreciate you and your patience as Joe … Continue reading
Posted in Ecology, Education, News Tagged Education, Entomology, Rain forest, SciComm, Volunteer 1 Comment
What insects are entomologists afraid of?
Written by Joe Ballenger Your Name: Jessica Your message: Just wondering if entomologists feared any insect bug or other creatures with lots of legs? I’m recently freaked out but monster freaking demon camel crickets so pretty much every cricket is … Continue reading
How do I become an entomologist?
Post written by Joe Ballenger Your Name: Catherine Mitson Your Bug Question: Hello! I am an undergraduate student studying Conservation Biology at the University of Exeter but my main interest is in insects and I would love to go down … Continue reading
Posted in Education Tagged advisor, Graduate School, network entomology Leave a comment
How do wasps find other bugs to parasitize?
For our final #KidQuestions post, I thought it would be fun to tackle a question submitted to us by Bridget Mendel’s first grade class: How do wasps find their hosts? I got my start in entomology by going through a … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Education Tagged Agriculture, Beneficial Insects, Biochemistry, Caterpillar, Chemical ecology Leave a comment
How do you identify fire ants?
Written by Joe Ballenger Question submitted by Bridget Mendel’s first grade class. Fire ants are a really big problem. They’ve got a really nasty attitude towards both people and other bugs. They’re really common, and it’s too easy to step … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Education, Taxonomy Tagged ants, Kids Questions Leave a comment
Why are some ladybugs half yellow and half brown?
@SciBugs @Stylopidae what is a lady bug called that is half brown and half red? pic.twitter.com/E7JrP8qnzb — Mendel’s Firsties (@bridget_mendel) April 21, 2015 @UKLadybirds How unusual are half-and-half ladybirds like this? It looks pretty unusual to me but was just … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Education, Evolution, Physiology, Research, Taxonomy Tagged Biochemistry, Butterflies and Moths, Ceratopogonidae, Colors, Development 2 Comments
How Would One Go About Raising Cicadas in Captivity?
Written by Joe Ballenger Today’s question comes from Trevor Knight, via our Facebook page. He wants to know if it’s possible to rear cicadas in captivity. It’s a good question, and one I’ve been curious about myself. Insect rearing is … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Education, Physiology, Research Tagged Cicadas, Cicadidae, Insect Rearing, Physiology 9 Comments
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