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The Bug Chicks

Support a project to make TV science better!

I wanted to alert you all to a cool new science education project you can support and participate in! From The Bug Chicks: “Follow us as we film the incredible insects and spiders of America! This coast-to-coast journey will take place with a vintage sofa that will be placed in different ecosystems across the country. At each stop we will inspire you to “get off the couch” to explore America... »


Zombies, parasites, ants, and brains

I’ve posted a few things before from the Breaking Bio group that I participate in, which is basically an online coffee house brew pub where a bunch of my biology friends get together and talk about cool research.  I thought you might enjoy this interview with a researcher that works on ZOMBIE FUNGUS. We interviewed David Hughes (@zombieantguy): entomologist, parasitologist, and specialist on... »

Attack maggots

Doctor Who’s Green Death Maggots

My favorite Doctor is definitely David Tennant. But I also love classic Dr. Who, and The Green Death is one of the best episodes. Well, the best for an entomologist, anyway. So I bring you: Giant Fanged Death Maggots that Spit Glowing Green Snot.  Winning, indeed!  These episodes are from the 10th season of Dr. Who, in 1973.  Plot synopsis: UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce) is called in... »

moth week

National Moth Week 2013!

You all know that I am One. Bad. Moth-er.  So I’m here to remind you that once again it’s time for mothing! July 20th to 28th, 2013 National Moth Week Events in the US “Citizen scientists around the world will be setting up white sheets and lights in backyards, woods and fields July 20 through July 28 for the second annual National Moth Week, a global science project begun last y... »

cicada kite

Time for Cicadas!

They’re HERE!  The East Coast of the US is in the middle of a noisy invasion…. by completely harmless insects. Cicadas spend most of their life underground sucking on the the roots of trees, until it is time to emerge as flying adults. There are over 1,000 species of cicadas around the world, with varying life cycles.  Periodical cicadas are known for their 17- or 13-year synchronized ... »


What is Natural Selection?

Hurray! There is another video in the “Stated Clearly” collaboration with Bird and Moon Comics explaining evolution! Enjoy. You might also like their earlier video, What is Evolution? »

ked fly from USDA

Blowing on Bats. For Science.

In Bug Grad School I learned about a crazy group of flies called Hippoboscidae, or louse flies.  These flies have adopted an ectoparasitic lifestyle, which means they live on other animals much like a tick or a louse. Most have lost their wings in the evolutionary scrabble to live on fur or feathers. Having only ever seen these preserved in jars, or from engravings, I was very excited to find a vi... »


Planet of the Arthropods

I’m on the radio! Skeptically Speaking asked me to talk a little bit about insect conservation, in order to round out an interview with the author of Rat Island. (I haven’t read the book yet, but it looks pretty fascinating.) I mostly discussed the 2012 report “Spineless”, published by IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature). You might recognize IUCN as au... »

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