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Why Do Bugs Circle Lights and Fibonacci, and Other Mathematical Patterns Found in Insects

Written by Nancy Miorelli I recently received this question when talking to one of the tourists at the Maquipucuna Ecolodge, where I work. I thought it was so interesting because we always hear about mathematical patterns – especially Fibonacci sequences … Continue reading

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How long have cicadas been around?

Your Name: Thomas Your Bug Question: How long have cicadas been around (on earth).  Do we (you) know? Cicadas have been around somewhere between 40 million and 200 million years. The earliest Cicadas are found in fossil beds from the … Continue reading

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Hooks, Graspers, Spikes, and Stalkers … Oh My!

Written by Nancy Miorelli I’d give this post a PG13 rating. Please don’t take dating advice from insects. Keep everything consensual in your love life. And now, everything you ever wanted to know about insect sex. Actually, that would take too … Continue reading

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Why are cicadas showing up dead on my porch?

We get a lot of letters in our inbox, and some of my favorite inquiries are ID requests where someone also notices something interesting going on. Here’s an example of one such question: Your Name: Becky Boots Your Bug Question: … Continue reading

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Stink bugs: Telling the good ones from the bad ones.

At about this time of year I expect to start getting a lot of questions about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, or the BMSB as I like to call it. It’s an introduced stink bug from Asia, which has quickly … Continue reading

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A Bug Landed On Me. Now What?

Written by Nancy Miorelli This question came in from our email. Your Name: Su What is the best thing to do when an unidentified bug lands on or is crawling on me?  Panic and just Get It Off or stay … Continue reading

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If a Bug Is Dropped From a Tall Building, Will It Splat?

Written by Nancy Miorelli Math Help from Matt Zawodniak If you’d like a snarky answer, then this is going to be short and you can go on your merry way. The bug would probably just fly away. Even insects with … Continue reading

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