I’ve moved! This is an Archive

In October 2013, I moved to WIRED as a science writer:

The Artist Formerly Known as Bug Girl
The Artist Formerly Known as Bug G. Membracid


This website is now just an archive; it is not maintained or updated anymore.

Here’s my Portfolio Website

Thanks so much everyone for all your support over the years.

In other news:

In order to save money, I’m going to let my “No Ads” subscription and some custom design tweaks lapse here at the Bug Blog, so things will look a little different.


Pollinator Week: Free books!


Want to know more about your native pollinators in North America? There are lots of resources!

A year or so ago I recommended this beautiful ebook as a FREE download:  Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees. It’s still available!  One of the authors of that publication is back this year with a new book, this one aimed at a slightly younger audience.  The new eBook by Beatriz Moisset: “Beginners Guide to Pollinators and other Flower Visitors” is available FREE during National Pollinator Week.  (You can also find it on Barnes and Noble and iTunes.)  This eBook is a quick guide to distinguishing types of insect visitors to flowers.

Xerces has quite a few amazing book-length resources, and the best of them is Attracting Native Pollinators.   (Not free, alas, but well worth the price, and supports this great non-profit.)  Conserving Bumblebees is also available as a FREE download, or as a print book.  I have mentioned before the wonderful online Xerces Pollinator Conservation Resource center, that lets you find FREE resources by region of North America about plants, creating nest sites, and other ways to promote your local species.  The US Forest Service also offers a FREE guide to Bumblebees of the Eastern States, as well as one for the Western States.

If you want to learn more about being a beekeeper, living in the country, and letting nature define the rhythyms of your life, you just can’t do better than Sue Hubbell’s “A Book of Bees.” Kirkus described it as a mix of “memoir, nature journal, and beekeeping manual.” Hubbell’s writing reminds me of another great country life writer, Anne Dillard. (If you haven’t read Dillard’s An American Childhood, read it now!)

If you want a more detailed discusson of pollination, but also a good read, I recommend The Forgotten Pollinators” by Buchmann and Nabhan. This winner of several science writing awards discusses the relationship between plants and the many different animals they depend on for reproduction. Unfortunately, many endangered species are rare plants depending on rare insects–not a recipe for a stable ecosystem.

What books have I missed? Please let me know in the comments!