Category: Ask an Entomologist

Entomological Myths

Yes, to all of this! Some of the most headbanging questions I get explained by attendees at the Entomological Society Meeting last month.

Think before you stink

It’s finally turning into winter here on the east coast, and I thought I’d share this excellent video on how to get rid of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs.  They’ve caused quite a …..er….stink…..here, and this […]

Honey Laundering

You might have seen some news coverage recently that claimed much of the honey sold in the US isn’t actually… honey. So what is it, then? Well, it IS still honey, and it did still […]

I’m off to the ESA

If you aren’t a major bug nerd, you may not know what goes on at a big scientific meeting like the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America.  It is the largest insect meeting […]

Bee Basics

I realized that I had posted about this new publication on Twitter, but not here–this must be remedied ASAP! A beautiful publication was recently released by the USDA Forest Service and the Pollinator Partnership: Bee […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shellac: It’s a bug AND a feature!

Happy Valentines Day! This holiday is traditionally celebrated with a gift of plant genitalia and candy.  The flowers exist to attract pollinating insects, and the candy has an insect connection you might not know about. […]