Category: Random

“Mine is Bigger than Yours”: Social Media Ranking and Scientists

One of the things I’ve struggled with during my online career is how to figure out what impact, if any, I’m actually creating with all my blogging, tweeting, and other online social media activity.   It […]

FTC takes action against bogus bed bug products

I am excited to report that the FTC has begun to take action against some of the bogus products for sale claiming to protect you against bed bugs:  ”The Federal Trade Commission filed deceptive advertising charges […]

Social Media Tips and Tricks #2: Read Smarter

Welcome to part 2 of the series on social media! This series of tips will focus on how to make your online reading more efficient. Social Media Tip #4: Work Smarter, not Harder.  I love […]

Social Media Tips and Tricks #1

Hi All! I have been super busy, but there is such an awesome online entomology community of blogs and commenters, I know you aren’t starved for bug info. I wanted to pass on some tricks […]


I really loved this interview with David Rakoff about why he writes.  This part especially really resonated with me: “Writing only ever begins badly.  And you have to sit and tolerate yourself long enough to […]

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 […]

A Brief Intermission

Hello all! Sorry I’ve been gone for a while–I’ve been having an existential crisis. If you are only interested in bug stuff, come back in a few days. For the morbidly curious….

Painfully Punny Insect Songs

Earlier today #insectsongs started trending on twitter. I don’t know how it got started–but it produced some hilarious results! Here are some of my favorites–I’m sure I missed some good ones. Livin La Vida Locust […]