Category Archives: Education

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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When a Spider Loses a Leg, Does Its Whole Hydraulic System Lose Pressure?

Written by Joe Ballenger @BugQuestions whenever a spider loses a leg, does its whole hydraulic system loses pressure as well? My ghost spider lost a leg and froze. — Katzider (@katzider) April 10, 2015 This question came to us from … Continue reading

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Colony Collapse Disorder.

Written by Joe Ballenger Today’s post is a little bit different than our other posts, mostly because we’re doing it on a podcast instead of text. A few months ago, we got a question from Peter Bryant of the Mythwits … Continue reading

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