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 flavor of Bug Girl, and link to some of the resources I mentioned.

First, a link to the wonderful Xerces Society publications about encouraging native pollinators in your garden.  Tons of great resources to make your garden or farm pollinator-friendly, all free!

You can find information on the corpse flower we discussed here.

Shellac: it’s a Bug AND a Feature
The little insects we were discussing at the top of the show, that may be in your food, too :)

Will herbal lotions repel mosquitoes? 
In which I combine zombies, hamsters, Barry White, and mosquitoes in a single post. Rather proud of that one.  Alas, Garlic does not appear to repel mosquitoes, at least not consistently.  You might also be interested in a summary of the research on insect zappers, and the new CO2 devices I mentioned.

Are there roaches in your Coffee and Chocolate?
You may not want to know.

Is it illegal to Kill a preying mantis? Short answer: No.

I don’t know that those are the best, or most amusing, posts, but they are some that consistently get a lot of traffic, and seem to be representative. Check out the category “Ask an Entomologist” on the top right for even more insect goodness!

Also, while I was on the show I heard a commercial for colloidal silver. Please, don’t take that unless you want to join the Blue Man Group.  Colloidal silver is not safe or effective.

Posted by Gwen Pearson

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


  1. Wow. For an ADD sort of person, this is nice. A snack pack of interesting tid bits. Like tapas. =) Thanks!

  2. Awww. Comments on the insect candies are closed. I wanted to talk about “confectioner’s glaze” and carmine coloring.

  3. You can always give it a go here. I close comments after 6 weeks just to keep things manageable.

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