Tag Archives: Insect

Entomologist Answers Commonly Googled Questions About Entomology and Entomologists

Written by Nancy Miorelli I’ve been rehauling my YouTube channel and I thought – that as member of the Ask an Entomologist team – what better way to spread the bug love than to answer questions that are commonly Googled! … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Identification, Pest Management | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Get Choked Up Over It! Can Insects Choke?

Written by Nancy Miorelli This brilliant gem came from a five year old. Kids ask the best questions, don’t they? MY 5 YEAR-OLD: I have a good question ME: okayKID: can bugs chokeME: wow KID: knew it was a good … Continue reading

Posted in Behavior, Physiology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Culture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hooks, Graspers, Spikes, and Stalkers … Oh My! How [Some] Insects Have Sex

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

Posted in Ecology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 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

Which arthropod pets are good for beginners?

Your Name: Alex Your Bug Question: Hello. I love my pets very dearly. Sadly I am going to college and cannot take them with me. I believe a tarantula would be the best option because I plan to bring it … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Insect Rearing | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Behavior | Tagged , | 3 Comments