Blog

Roger that, Grandma

  This is a re-post of an original Bug Chicks post on Science Friday.   Last week, while we were teaching on the east coast, we decided to visit Kristie’s 97-year old grandmother. Kristie hadn’t seen her in about three years and wanted to interview her about her life and family history. During the...

read more

Entomology in One Word

  This is a re-post of an original Bug Chicks post on Science Friday.   During the Entomological Society of America’s annual meeting in Knoxville last year, we met people with an incredible diversity of interests when it came to arthropods. Scientists, students, instructors, and technicians...

read more

Earwigs: Beating a Bad Rap

This post is a reposting of an original Bug Chicks article on Science Friday. Many insects are pegged with a bad reputation.  While this is warranted in such cases as mosquitoes that transmit malaria, bed bugs and lice that are nuisance pests, or locusts that devour crops, some insects are...

read more

Late Bloomers

Featured photo caption: You’ll find this mayfly in the spring, but there are other species that emerge in the autumn. We were driving back from a workshop the other day when we saw several big, fluttering insects near the road. As we pulled up to the stoplight and got a closer look, we...

read more

Silverfish: Your Quiet Roommates

This is a repost of our original article found on Science Friday. Most of us have seen the small, silvery creatures hiding out in our bathroom and kitchen cupboards. These are silverfish, so named for the tiny silver scales all over their bodies. These primitive animals spend their time munching...

read more

Insects and Human Society: Webspinners

You’ve probably all seen silk webbing in the ridges of tree bark. It could be a spider’s web, or it could’ve been made by the elusive and shy insects called webspinners in the Order Embiidina. These small insects spend their entire lives in silken galleries they create from special glands on their...

read more

This is Your Brain on Bugs

We filmed this short PSA for Texas A&M University’s Department of Entomology to inspire students to study bugs. It was actually one of the first videos we ever made. Many thanks to Ed Reilly, the TAMU Insect Collection manager and Michelle Wood-Ramirez for helping us to make...

read more