Category: Insects

International Rock Flipping Day!

Just wanted to remind everyone that September 9, 2012 is International Rock Flipping Day!  This is the 6th annual IRFD. Go outside, and spend some time with your inner kid (or an actual kid).  There are […]

Spineless: Threats to the world’s invertebrates

Hot off the press, a new report published by the Zoological Society of London, in cooperation with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Wildscreen.  You might recognize IUCN as the authors of the […]

Lice on a Bird: Convergent Evolution in action!

A really nice example of how to communicate some fascinating evolutionary biology.  Illinois Natural History Survey ornithologist Kevin  Johnson describes his research on the history of feather lice.  Anyone who works with birds knows they […]

Solitary bees

I really love this video about digger bees, or a solitary group of bees common in North America.  Sadly, when you look for information about this group, most of what you get is information on […]

Books, bugs, and curiosity

I was looking up a reference book on Amazon, and it happened again. Amazon recommended a book for me that was so strange, I couldn’t resist the temptation to download it. Today, it was a […]

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 […]

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 […]