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Scrub-A-Dub Bugs: How Insects Keep Clean

We spent some time in Guatemala this past week filming a new episode and teaching farmers for the Borlaug Institute. We’ll tell you all about the project there for next week’s post. But until then, check out some of the beautiful footage we filmed of a katydid (family Tettigoniidae) and a grasshopper (family Acrididae) cleaning themselves! It reminded us of one of our Bug Bytes podcasts, Scrub-A-Dub Bug. It’s all about the interesting ways insects groom themselves.

Scrub-A-Dub Bug – Listen now:

Photos and Cool Links:

Alex Wild’s Blog:

Hoverfly Cleaning Itself

Fleshfly Cleaning Itself Video


Andersen, A & Weir, T. Australian Water Bugs, Their Biology and Identification (Hemiptera-Heteroptera, Gerromorpha & Nepomorpha). Entomonograph, 14.

Kovac, D, Maschwitz, U. 1991. The function of the metathoracic scent gland in corixid bugs (Hemiptera, Corixidae): secretion-grooming on the water surface. Journal of Natural History 25(2): 331 – 340.

Walker, E. & Archer, W. 1988. Sequential organization of grooming behaviors of the mosquito, Aedes triseriatus. Journal of Insect Behavior 1(1): 97 – 109

*original post can be found on Talking Science.


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  2. Barbara barrett

    I love Bug Chix ! Some of them give me the creeps… I’m in Ms. So there are TONS of them. They also fly, walk on ceilings and then drop into your hair!! Or, if they miss, they will land on your shoulder. I’m not talking itsy bites here. My daughter N I call them Limosenes… as in biggest. So, I have no love lost on these dudes !!

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