Category Archives: Taxonomy

What’s the Difference Between a Butterfly and a Moth

Written by Nancy Miorelli We’ve been having a lot of fun and games on our Facebook Page! Literally. Games. Like our new bug quiz series! Which of the lettered insects is a butterfly? So have a quick look a the … Continue reading

Posted in Taxonomy | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wait…predatory bees?

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 | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Developmental Biology, Physiology, Taxonomy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

So You’re In the Tropics, Named a New Species Yet?

Written by Nancy Miorelli The short answer is “No.” The long answer is “No.” but with with a bit more explanation. The first is that I’m a communicator, an ecologist, and don’t have a lot of the proper equipment. Have … Continue reading

Posted in Taxonomy | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Night in the Museum

Written by Nancy Miorelli Basically, things showed up in boxes with with various bits of label data. Some of which is incomplete, some of which the specimens aren’t preserved properly, and some of which aren’t stored properly. This all kind of … Continue reading

Posted in Taxonomy | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What did these wasps manage to get themselves stuck in?

We get a lot of neat pictures in our inbox, and I think this is one of the cooler images we’ve gotten because there’s a lot going on in this picture. I’m not 100% certain of what the wasps are … Continue reading

Posted in Chemistry, Ecology, Education, Taxonomy | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s going on with the bugs at Burning Man?

@SciBugs @BugQuestions burning question for you!! Please help us identify this massive swarm in the Nevada desert. pic.twitter.com/rxkEIga0Ij — Suzanna (@emerald150) August 18, 2015 A couple days ago, we got a tweet about some bugs which were swarming in Nevada. … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, News, Pest Management, Taxonomy | Leave a comment