Category Archives: Entomology

Anything pertaining to arthropods!

The First Rule of Cricket Fight Club…

…wait, what? Cricket fighting? A little something different for your Friday. I was familiar with the notion that, in China, there has long been a tradition of keeping crickets to provide music. When sitting outside, enjoying a nice evening, I … Continue reading

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Roboroach!

Has anyone seen this? The entomology/science geek part of me wants to order one of these right now. Right. Now. The company Backyard Brains, which markets a wide variety of products as ‘experiments’ for learning about neuroscience, has released the … Continue reading

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Wheels on the bug go ’round and ’round…

For your Friday afternoon, I thought I would write briefly about one of the more awesome bugs that you will find in the US. Meet the wheel bug! The wheel bug (Arilus cristatus) belongs to the order Hemiptera, which means … Continue reading

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Ticks. Huh. What are they good for?

Absolutely nothing? So I was recently posed this question: “What is the point of ticks? Seriously, what purpose do they serve?” Fair question. I have recently joined the field of vector-borne disease, more specifically working with arboviruses (arthropod-borne viruses), which … Continue reading

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An argument for eating insects!

This is an excellent story from NPR that I happened upon this morning: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/09/19/223728061/making-food-from-flies-its-not-that-icky To summarize, it features an attempt to use insects (in this case the larvae of the Black Soldier Fly) as biomass converters, aiming at recycling various … Continue reading

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Black widows!

I just read a NY Times article from yesterday about the much-feared black widow spider, contributed by an author from Charlottesville, VA. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/science/dancing-with-black-widows.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1 His experience with these legendary spiders is actually similar to my own. Until recently, my wife and … Continue reading

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Working Gears Evolved in Plant-Hopping Insect [Video]: Scientific American

Working Gears Evolved in Plant-Hopping Insect [Video]: Scientific American. The world of insect-related news is really hoppin’! Get it? Leaf hoppers? *sigh*

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Hooray for…tarantulas?

A trending story right now that features giant spiders? Sign me up! A group of Australian researchers just published a report in PLoS describing their findings that a peptide isolated from tarantula venom could be used as an oral insecticide. … Continue reading

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Geeky Bug Moment…

One of the many things that interests me is entomology…so much so that I am now a graduate student in entomology. One of the great things about being a part of the Entomology Department is that you are surrounded by … Continue reading

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