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Why do I get bitten by mosquitoes, but my friends don’t?

Written by Joe Ballenger Hello, I have a friend (yes, true!) who was telling me that she gets bitten from lots of insects yet her husband doesn’t have this problem so why do some people get bitten and others don’t? … Continue reading

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More updates

Hey Askers! We wanted to give y’all some more details about what’s going on behind the scenes. We are three scientists who answer your questions for free, and we’ve got a lot going on behind the scenes. Joe and Joanie … Continue reading

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Please pardon our dust (mites)

Howdy y’all, We hope that 2022 is treating you well so far. We’re planning on revamping our site here at Ask an Entomologist. We ask and thank you for your patience! – Joanie, Nancy, and Joe

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It’s (probably) not a murder hornet.

So, Vespa mandarinia still continues to capture the imagination of people across the US. The Washington Department of Agriculture recently confirmed the first sighting in 2021. So, right now seems like a good time to give an update. Mostly as … Continue reading

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Our Logo: a Curious Mexican Treehopper

Here I’m sporting a new shirt that has our Ask an Entomologist logo. It is very soft and comfortable. If you’re looking for a place to print bug shirts, RushOrderTees is a great place, especially for short sleeve shirts like … Continue reading

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So let’s talk about some weird bees!

This month, we got a pair of questions where people were asking about weird bees. I was taking pictures of bees in my garden and I saw one that looked like it had a ball of cotton in its mouth. … Continue reading

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Is a mosquito a parasite?

“Please settle a family argument- Is a mosquito a parasite?”

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Besides cicadas, what other insects swarm?

Earlier this week, I had a conversation with journalist Clare Proctor about some flies which were swarming over Chicago. Earlier this month, Chicago was overrun with some kind of fly. According to Matt Bertone and Erica McAllister, they were Muscoids-any … Continue reading

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Featured bug: Jerusalem crickets (AKA Skull Bugs)!

It’s the start of field season, so Joanie, myself, and Nancy all have had a lot to plan for this month. So instead of doing a really deep dive on a question, I wanted to talk a little bit about … Continue reading

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Can Gordian worms infect humans? Also, what is ‘pseudoparasitism’?

We get a lot of weird questions in our inbox about parasites. Most of them, we can’t answer because doing so would amount to giving medical advice…but every so often we get a question completely out of left field. Like … Continue reading

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