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Category Archives: Identification
“What are those white things inside an ant nest?”
Last Friday I was tasked with collecting some fire ant decapitating flies (Pseudacteon curvatus). Lucky for me, the season for collecting these flies hasn’t completely ended. Also, to my surprise, there are still a lot of visible fire ant mounds … Continue reading
Posted in Identification Tagged ants, brood, Fire ants, What are those white things in an ant nest 2 Comments
What are Gnats? Are Gnats Flies?
I received this question from my learning community on Facebook called the SciHive! We deep dive into topics and I get some really insightful questions! And I even love these kinds of questions that really show the dichotomy between colloquial … Continue reading
Posted in Identification, Taxonomy Tagged are gnats flies, brachycera, Diptera, Fly, fungus gnat, gnat, nematocera, what is a gnat Leave a comment
What is the Difference Between Dragonflies and Damselflies?
I get this question in person more than I see it online. So let’s break it down shall we? What are dragonflies and damselflies? How are they similar? How are they different? And take a deeper dive than you might … Continue reading
Bugs With Fuzzy Butts: What are They?!
Spring and summer time bring out all the interesting bugs! Over the years (and recently) we’ve had a few people ask what these insects are and why they have “fuzzy butts.” These insects are broadly called planthoppers. Why do they … Continue reading
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What’s putting bugs in pots on my windowsill?
Written by Joe Ballenger Does anyone know what kind of worms these are? They were in this mudlike ball stuck to the screen (second pic after it burst open) and when I flicked it to remove it, it busted apart … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Identification, Uncategorized Tagged Wasps 2 Comments
Entomologist Answers Commonly Googled Questions About Entomology and Entomologists
Written by Nancy Miorelli I’ve been rehauling my YouTube channel and I thought – that as member of the Ask an Entomologist team – what better way to spread the bug love than to answer questions that are commonly Googled! … Continue reading
Posted in Education, Identification, Pest Management Tagged arthropod, Entomology, Forensic entmology, forensic entomologist, How Do Entomologists Help Solve Crimes, Insect, What Do Entomologists Do, What Do Entomologists Do at a Crime Scene, What Do Entomologists Do Every Day, What Do Entomologists Make, What Do Entomologists Study, What Do Entomologists Use To Catch Insects, What Do Entomologists Wear, What Does Entomology Mean, Why Do Entomologists Study Insects, Why Do Entomologists Use Dichotomous Keys 3 Comments
Is This Asian Lady Beetle Meme True?
Written by Nancy Miorelli This meme – floating around FB. Fact? Fiction? Mix? I’m starting to feel like we’re the Snopes of Entomology. The answer? Mostly False. Like 98% False. And lots of misleading information.
Posted in Ecology, Identification, Pest Management Tagged asian lady beetle, asian ladybug, infographic, Invasive Species, Lady Beetle, Ladybird, Ladybug, ladybug infographic, ladybug meme, meme 2 Comments
What is an Arachnid?
One of our most common identification requests are pictures of spiders and other arachnids. Nancy and I did a live video awhile back talking about arachnids. In the video we say that you can type the word “SPIDER” to receive a … Continue reading
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Written by Joe Ballenger Since it’s summer, and bug season is in full swing, we get a lot of neat observations in our inbox. I wanted to highlight one such observation in this week’s post, because it involves one of … Continue reading
Posted in Identification, Taxonomy Tagged Flies 1 Comment
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