Category Archives: Evolution

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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Black Out: How Do Insects Survive the Winter

Written by Nancy Miorelli What if the world went suddenly dark? Or cold? Or both? We all know what fate the dinosaurs had, but what would happen to insects? Before we get going on a wild goose chase through a … Continue reading

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Why can’t male bees (or wasps) sting?

@BugQuestions I heard male bees don’t have stingers. Is that true of all bees or just some species? — Kristen Bower (@krbower) September 6, 2015 This question came to us over Twitter, and given my recent post about bee genetics … Continue reading

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Do wasps bite, and does their saliva have any defensive properties?

Today’s question comes to us from a friend of mine, through a conversation on FB instant messenger. Wasps are a huge group, and at least 150,000 types of bees, wasps and ants have been described by scientists. Despite the fact … Continue reading

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