Category Archives: Taxonomy

Collecting Tips – The Awkward Inbetween Steps

Written by Nancy Miorelli The internet is chock-full of advice for collecting and if you’re looking to build an insect collection but can’t take a formal class, there’s lots of available help. I myself, have a YouTube series dedicated to … Continue reading

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Birds, Cows, Hens, and Bugs – Things the Ladybug is Not: Why Are Ladybugs Called Ladybugs?

Written by Nancy Miorelli One of the questions that I’ve seen on Twitter and on Instagram is why is the ladybug called a “ladybug” or a “ladybird” if you’re in the UK. These names are especially confusing because it’s obviously … Continue reading

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Unlikely Sisters – Roaches and Mantises

Written by Nancy Miorelli Cockroaches (Blattodea) and Mantises (Mantodea). They’re both insects. They’ve got their six legs, three segmented body parts, and a Johnston’s organ which¬†guarantee¬†them a spot in the class Insecta. But as it turns out, they’re more closely … Continue reading

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Why do entomologists kill insects? A non-taxonomist’s perspective.

Co-Written by Joe Ballenger and Nancy Miorelli Admittedly, this isn’t really a direct user submission per se, but it’s a question which comes up in the entomological world enough to warrant a discussion. Collecting of insects is not controversial amongst … Continue reading

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