Bug Girl Speaking Skeptically

Bug Girl Speaking Skeptically

I am joined on this episode of Skeptically Speaking by anthropologist Greg Laden, who talks about entomophagy (bug eating).

My part of the interview starts with a discussion of using a pseudonym online, and why I think scientists need to be anonymous sometimes. Then we have a fun chat about treehoppers, bees, and fake mosquito repellent devices.  Bonus moment of embarrassment:  I try to be relevant to a Canadian audience by comparing native pollinators to Wayne Gretzky.


Direct link to the show

Here are links to my posts about some of the topics from this episode:

There is not, as best I can tell, a transcript for the show, but if anyone wants to volunteer to transcribe it, I will happily post it here.
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Bug_girl has a PhD in Entomology, and is a pointy-headed former academic living in Ohio. She is obsessed with insects, but otherwise perfectly normal. Really! If you want a daily stream of cool info about bugs, follow her Facebook page or find her on Twitter.


  1. Avatar of cocoleeno

    Thanks for posting this Bug Girl! I had heard of the podcast, but never checked it out. I look forward to listening to the episode that you are on as well as all the others (all the topics look really interesting).

  2. Avatar of anthrosciguy

    “Bonus moment of embarrassment: I try to be relevant to a Canadian audience by comparing native pollinators to Wayne Gretzky.”

    Followed by trying to be relevant to a female audience by painting the entire set pink. :)

  3. Avatar of greenstone123

    I thought I was fine with the idea of bugs in my food. Then last night I totally DREAMED that I had a MOUTHFUL of GRUBS and was desperately trying to get them out. :) So yeah… On another note, I have looked around Bug Girl’s site a few times and it is so cool! EXCELLENT WORK!

  4. Avatar of cloe

    So I learned about cheese mites a couple of years ago, and now I can’t help feeling like Galactus every time I eat a chunk of hard cheese.

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