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.


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.

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  1. 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. “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. 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. 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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