Category Archives: Evolution

How long have cicadas been around?

Your Name: Thomas Your Bug Question: How long have cicadas been around (on earth).  Do we (you) know? Cicadas have been around somewhere between 40 million and 200 million years. The earliest Cicadas are found in fossil beds from the … Continue reading

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Zika virus update

Written by Joe Ballenger An important paper came out in the journal Science, which I think is a great update of the Zika virus situation in Brazil. Here are the highlights: Microcephaly and Zika The correlation between Zika cases and … Continue reading

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Update to previous post: Unlikely Sisters

Written by Joe Ballenger We try to keep track of new developments with the posts we write, so that people can keep up with what’s going on in science. So if there’s a really significant update to something we’ve written … 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 let’s talk about another type of GMO for a minute…

We’ve gotten this question, and it’s a really good question, but I didn’t initially understand what the person was asking. I knew what they were getting at-why is Oxitec using a tetracycline dependent system-but I wanted to wait for them … Continue reading

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How do butterflies make boys and girls?

Written by Joe Ballenger We’ve gotten a lot of questions about boy and girl bugs. Nancy wrote a post titled Is that Bug a Boy or a Girl, which covered some general rules about how boy and girl bugs are … Continue reading

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Why don’t spiders have wings?

Your Name: Anarely Your Bug Question: Hello, I was wondering, why are the exact reasons that spiders don’t have wings? Is it possible for them to evolve and get them or what is stopping this from happening? I’m sure the … Continue reading

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