Category Archives: Developmental Biology

Striking Gold: Why Are Butterfly Chrysalises Gold?

  Written by Nancy Miorelli Many butterfly chrysalises glimmer in the sunlight with golden studs or gold leafing. Rather than looking like something living, these delicate pupa decorate the surrounding foliage like miniature ornaments.┬áTheir beauty and stunning brilliance has been … Continue reading

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Never growing up: why are there insects which *don’t* go through metamorphosis?

Written by Joe Ballenger If someone begins a statement with ‘this might be a dumb question, but…’ my ears usually perk up, because it’s very likely that something interesting is about to follow. @Stylopidae whoa! this is a dumb question, … Continue reading

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Cockroach milk is not the next superfood. It could be a lot more important than that.

Written by Joe Ballenger A number of articles circulating everywhere online are claiming that a new ‘superfood’ has been found in cockroaches, and although I’m happy popular culture is focusing on the fact cockroaches are good moms…they’re missing a far … Continue reading

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Do insects have personalities?

Written by Joe Ballenger After our spider post, I thought it would be nice to tackle this question because these questions open one of the biggest rabbit holes in the field of insect science: Since you are the experts, my … Continue reading

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How similar is Entomology to Pokemon? Do scientists ever make bugs fight?

Written by Joe Ballenger The release of Pokemon Go has been great for us entomologists, because we have been able to get people to realize why we love our jobs so much. The creator of Pokemon, Satoshi Tajiri, actually got … 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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How can you tell how old a caterpillar is?

Written by Joe Ballenger For the final entry of the year, I decided to tackle a question that is something that I have a lot of experience with, but one is also really challenging to answer at the same time. … Continue reading

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