Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!

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  1. regarding:
    https://membracid.wordpress.com/2007/06/01/more-beautiful-bees-chrysididae/

    Chrysididae are not bees. There are cuckoo bees then there are cuckoo wasps. Don’t embarrass yourself as a PhD of bugology. Cuckoo bees are in the Nomadinae, a subfamily of Apidae.

  2. Um. First of all, totally off topic. And did you miss this part in the post you reference where I say:

    “They usually don’t sting, and are a type of parasitic wasp.”

    Common names are tricky. I did give the correct family of that wasp in the photo, so I clearly know what it is.

    They are called “bees” in the way that many people call anything with 6 legs “bugs.” I don’t bother with being strict about common names, because while the ESA may regulate them, most Americans have no idea what the “proper” name is. And could care less, frankly.

    I’m not writing this blog just for entomologists–it’s for the general reader that just happens to like bugs.

  3. OK, I’ve cranked out three comics to start. Just to give the blog that lived-in look. I’ve also got a “Christmas special” pasted up. I’ll post that in the next day or so, as soon as I can think of a good hovertext.

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