Month: August 2011

I’m on the radio!

Best of all, I am joined on this episode of Skeptically Speaking by anthropologist Greg Laden, who talks about entomophagy (bug eating). My part of the interview starts with a discussion of using a pseudonym […]

Ben the Overly Literal Dermestid Beetle

And he’s got a bone to pick! I can’t believe I am just now finding out about this. Today’s topic: “_____gate”.  You can’t just go around making prefixes and suffixes out of any syllables you […]

Waspthulu discovered in Indonesia

News of an amazing new species found in Indonesia! “The jaw-dropping, shiny black wasp appears to be the “Komodo dragon” of the wasp family. It’s huge. The male measures about two-and-a-half-inches long, Kimsey said. “Its […]

Bad Beetle Karma

I realized after my interview last weekend that I had never actually covered Japanese Beetle Bags on my blog!  That omission must be remedied! I’m sure you’ve seen them–they are for sale all over.   The […]

Bug Girl’s Greatest Bug Hits

I thought since a bunch of new readers would be coming by today (in theory!) after my appearance on the Organic Gardener Radio show, I’d put together a collection of posts that give them a […]

School of Ants

I love citizen science projects, and this one looks like a great project for teachers! The School of Ants project is a citizen-scientist driven study of the ants that live in urban areas, particularly around […]


Today’s Tuesday Photo is of an adorable little skipper butterfly, courtesy of Shubhada Nikharge.  And yes, it is taking a drink from what you think it is–bird poop.  Bird droppings have a lot of nitrogen, as […]

Operation Cat Drop

In the news recently: Operation Rat Drop, where tylenol-laden mice were dropped from planes over Guam. It’s not a bizarre headache remedy; the idea is to try to kill brown tree snakes (a non-native invasive species) when […]