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Can you hatch eggs taken out of a female katydid?

This is a pretty cool question: Hi, I killed a large green grasshopper-like bug, only to find several reddish- brown rice-shaped things inside. Are they eggs? Can they still hatch? I’m not sure what type of insect it was, but … Continue reading

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Help us out by taking a survey!

We’ve written about scientific conferences before, and we’re happy to announce that all of our writers will be together at ESA 2017 in Denver, Colorado! As always, we’ll write a post summarizing our experience…but our talk is a bit different … Continue reading

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Goop offers bug repellent at 6x what a comparable product would cost.

Written by Joe Ballenger So…I was on Twitter, and this tweet came across my feed. Sitting on the deck swatting away flies or mosquitos is a situation that can be dealt with non-toxically. https://t.co/ff22sYfFIr — goop (@goop) 29 de agosto … Continue reading

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Are there invasive insects from North America? The political consequences of our invasive species.

  Written by Joe Ballenger This question about invasive species caught my eye, mostly because I’m not sure I can give a complete response. Reading abt Asian citrus psyllid. Are there many N. Amer. insects considered pests/invasive on other continents? … Continue reading

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Storytelling in Science: How do Stories Work?

Written by Joe Ballenger Throughout my SciComm career, I’ve told a lot of stories about science. I’ve been active in online science outreach for 10 years, and I’ve written hundreds of blog posts across about a dozen different websites. However, … Continue reading

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White eyes, black body. Why do insect eyes turn white after they die?

Written by Joe Ballenger Some of the more interesting questions we get aren’t even about living insects. People have lots of questions about dead bugs, too. Hey there, I just had a quick question, I was in my backyard when … Continue reading

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How long will it take a dead bug to decay?

Written by Joe Ballenger We got this question in our Facebook inbox, and it was one of those questions which kind of nerd-sniped me. Hello, so I have a rather odd question. I understand bugs have exoskeletons. So the decaying … Continue reading

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