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Tag Archives: Insects
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 black death, bubonic plague, Bugs, choke, feeding, flea, Insect, Insects, plague Leave a comment
Changing Times: How Will Climate Change Affect Insects?
Written by Nancy Miorelli During my week curating Real Scientists, a twitter account with rotating scientists, communicators, and artists, I had some really great questions about insects come in. One I thought was particularly insightful was about climate change and … Continue reading
Posted in Ecology, Evolution Tagged Bugs, climate change, global climate change, global warming, Insects Leave a comment
Do insects feel pain?
The last two questions we tackled revolved around the cognitive abilities (communication, and personality) of arthropods, specifically insects and spiders. These are really tough questions to tackle because a lot of people, even (especially?) those who genuinely like insects and … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Physiology Tagged Biochemistry, Drosophila, Hornworm, Insect Killing, Insects, Manduca, Pain, Physiology 13 Comments
So what’s the deal with Zika virus? What’s going on in Brazil?
In the recent few weeks, the news has been filling up with stories about a new epidemic called Zika virus. Since it’s a hot topic, and potentially very important, I wanted to write something explaining what this virus is from … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Education, News, Pest Management, Physiology Tagged Education, Insects, Mosquitoes, Parasites, Physiology, Viruses, Zika 10 Comments
Black Out: How Do Insects Survive the Winter
Written by Nancy Miorelli What if the world went suddenly dark? Or cold? Or both? We all know what fate the dinosaurs had, but what would happen to insects? Before we get going on a wild goose chase through a … Continue reading
Posted in Ecology, Evolution Tagged Black out, caves, climate change, Darkness, dinosaurs, Environment, ice age, Insects, meteorite Leave a comment
How do I relocate insects and spiders?
This is actually one of the more common questions we get, and it’s a pretty difficult one to answer because every situation is different. Insects can get themselves into a lot of awkward situations, and I can totally relate to … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Education, Insect Rearing, Pest Management Tagged Arthropod Handling, Insects, Relocation, Spiders 6 Comments
What Is That Bug? Thank a Taxonomist!
Written by Nancy Miorelli We normally reserve our energy for writing about insects, but we often get inquiries asking us to identify insects. This isn’t our main purpose. We’ll help you as far as we can and then refer you to other blogs, Facebook groups, and websites where entomology … Continue reading
Posted in Taxonomy Tagged Bugs, Identification, Insects, Taxonomy 3 Comments
Can I Bring That On a Plane?
Written by Nancy Miorelli It’s happened to all of us. You go to the pet store or the adoption agency and fall in love with a big sweet pair of eyes. Or like, 4 pairs of eyes. And 8 legs. Okay, … Continue reading
Will That Bug Hurt Me?
Written by Nancy Miorelli We have to get something out of the way first. A lot of people use the word “poisonous” to mean “It hurt me more than just a bite and I could probably die”. However, “Poisonous” and “Venomous” … Continue reading
Posted in Ecology Tagged Aposematic Coloration, Bugs, Insects, Kids Questions, Mimicry, Poisonous, Venomous, Warning Coloration 2 Comments
Can Bugs Spit, Puke, or Do Both?
Written by Nancy Miorelli Simple answer is yes and yes! There’s a couple reasons why insects spit or vomit. The first is to protect itself. To help digest food. But lets look at some specific examples.
Posted in Behavior Tagged Bugs, Caterpillar, House Fly, Insects, Kids Questions, Spit, Termite, Vomit 1 Comment
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