Cochineal Taxonomy Fails

In which I prove that the average person should care about taxonomic errors in news stories, using LOLcats and Einstein.

How-to Taxonomic FAIL

I can’t remember who pointed this out to me, but it made me laugh. I present:  The photo of a “wasp nest” that is actually a mantis ootheca. Ootheca is a fancy way of saying […]

Thursday Taxonomic FAIL

I was excited about this “big bug” feature that someone sent me…until I got to the 4th bug.  That is NOT a Giant Walking stick. It’s a Mantis.  If the mantis is also 21 inches […]

Shellac: also not a beetle

I got Bill Bryson’s new book “At Home” from my library, and have been happily reading about the history of houses. Except. When I got to the chapter “The Drawing Room”, I discovered a rather […]

Bed Bug Semantics

There is an interesting discussion going on in the media about bed bugs. Or, Bedbugs.  The issue is, is it one word or two? Traditionally (i.e, the last 100 years or so), entomologists are taught […]

Caught in the Bug Net: 10.23.10

I wanted to make sure you saw this one from The Onion: “GRAND IMPERIAL THRONE ROOM, CASTLE ROACH—His Royal Highness, King Leopold Blattodea IV, undisputed lord and ruler of the cockroaches, expressed dismay and concern […]

Learn from my Fail

So, just thought I would stick my head back in and mention that my divorce was final today.  I learned several important things during this process. 1. Do NOT choose your lawyer based on how […]

File Under: Are you fucking kidding me??

What the…what? Apparently, a pest control company in the UK has decided to drum up business by COMPLETELY MAKING SHIT UP. This image shows some of the numbers of insects estimated to be on public […]