All posts by Gwen Pearson

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

Pardon me–is this stool taken?

Entomology has a unique advantage over other sciences.   Physicists like to boast about their giant Hadron, but they needed the help of large federal programs to get it up. Entomologists know that it’s not all […]

An experiment with Online Reputation Trackers

You may know that in my regular life, when I’m not Bug G. Membracid, I have a job advising students, among other things.  In the spirit of “do as I say, not as I do” […]

Book Review: Spider Silk

Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging, and Mating.  Leslie Brunetta and Catherine L. Craig.  2011. Yale University Press. Bug Rating:  Spiders evoke a lot of complex feelings from humans.  In a […]

Can Stick Insects really mate for 1400 hours?

Warning: contains naughty engraving of a stick insect menage a trois

National Moth Week July 23-29, 2012

Now that National Pollinator Week is over, you can focus on the upcoming National Moth Week! Mark your calendars for July 23-29, 2012. Why moths? Moths can be found everywhere from inner cities to heavily forested […]

Time for Periodical Cicadas!

Actually, I’m a bit slow off the mark. Brood I is emerging this year, and has already peaked.  My favorite thing about periodical cicadas is their wonderful Genus name: Magicicada.  They are indeed magical, and being […]

Epic Creationist FAIL: Bombardier Beetle Book

Oh My. For years I’ve heard about the kid’s book “Bomby the Bombardier Beetle“, published by the Institute for Creation Research.  You might remember them as the folks that suggested teachers of evolution should be hanged […]

Pollinator Week Movie: Talking to the Bees

I could not resist posting this video, because….well. Who better to explain pollination than Isabella Rossellini!!  Also, the bee pollen basket and waggle dance explanations are quite delightful.  Enjoy!

Pollinator Week Squee

Since it’s Pollinator Week, and we talked about Squee and cuteness yesterday, how about an adorable video from New Zealand about pollination?