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Entomology and Pop Culture: The Wrath of Khan!

Right now we’re packing and planning for a trip to the rainforest to film series two of Texas A&M University’s Insects and Human Society course. We’re going to be posting full episodes from the first set soon (read about it here), but in the mean time we thought we’d show you one of our favorite “Mythology and Culture” segments from the earwig video!

We paid tribute to one of the most famous scenes from Star Trek’s The Wrath of Khan. Disclaimer: No earwigs (or Bug Chicks) were injured during the filming of this segment.

Cultural Entomology: The Wrath of Khan from Bug Chicks on Vimeo.

Really into Science Fiction? We wrote a podcast about where Hollywood gets some of its creatures for science fiction. Could of it be true? This podcast explores some of the science behind the fiction, and why bugs are such popular scapegoats as the bad guys.

Listen now:

Photos and Cool Links:

http://www.starwars.com/databank/creature/sarlacc/
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Sarlacc_Body.jpg
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/Antlions.shtml

3 Comments
  1. Very cute video. I must admit – even with the knowledge that they’re harmless – earwigs kind of creep me out. When one crawls out of a rose that I’m smelling, I don’t necessarily greet it with “Live long, and prosper”.

    • Hi Matthew! I’m glad you liked our video. We will be putting the whole earwig video up soon. Perhaps if you watch it they won’t creep you out as much? They have an incredibly interesting parental care behavior that endears them to a lot of people.

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