Category: Ask an Entomologist

Mosquito Prevention

It’s been a very wet spring, and not surprisingly, many people have ended up at the BugBlog looking for ways to deal with mosquitoes. The “What’s the best way to repel mosquitoes” post has popped […]

Ask an Entomologist: Larva Migrans

It’s not at all uncommon for strange skin conditions to be attributed to bugs, or bug bites. As an entomologist, it’s also not at all uncommon for someone to ask me to look at their […]

Ask an Entomologist: Do insects have eyes?

This question was relayed to me by Zooilogix from a young reader. The answer is yes, insects do have eyes-they even have two kinds of eyes! The first kind of eye that insects have are […]

Ask an Entomologist: Sex Pheromones and mating disruption

As tiny animals that live widely dispersed, finding a partner of the proper sex and species to reproduce with is a problem for insects. How do they arrange a hook up? Insects have solved that […]

Ask an Entomologist: Cluster Flies

In late fall (usually September and October) I always hear from friends that suddenly have tons of flies buzzing sluggishly around their house. They didn’t smell anything obviously dead, and are frustrated by the constant […]

Ask an Entomologist: Tumbu Flies

Having a nice weekend? Want to be creeped out? Hanna alerted me to another myiasis causing fly besides bot flies: Tumbu flies. (Myiasis is the fancy name for a maggot living under your skin.) These […]

September is National Head Lice Awareness month!

Support your local head lice! Ok, maybe not. But do remember that fall is peak season for lice. In fact, estimates say between 6 to 12 million children are infected each year in the US. […]

Updated: Farming for Bees

Xerces Society has a new version of one of their great publications: Farming for Bees: Guidelines for providing native bee habitats on farms. The paper version is $10, but you can download a PDF version […]