Tag: history

Things change (thank goodness)

Discovered this interesting historic document today. I had read before that it was common to hunt raptors of all kinds in the past because they were considered “pests”. But… this makes it a whole lot […]

The Stout Scarab

Apparently it’s Insect Car Week at the Bug Blog! I think everyone knows the Volkswagen Beetle–the iconic Coleopteran car. But how many of you have heard of the 1935 Stout Scarab? “The Stout Scarab was […]

Granola, Masturbation, and Michigan History

You can’t live in Michigan long without running into a building, or project, or something that is named after W.K. Kellogg, founder of the Kellogg cereal company and major philanthropist. It’s his brother, Dr. John […]

Historic Tweets

Alas, life remains crazed, so how about I send you elsewhere for amusement today? Historical Tweets! This is their Darwin tweet. Several other people are in the historic twittering business; this one entertained me quite […]

Book Review: A Perfect Red

A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire. Amy Butler Greenfield. HarperCollins, 2005. Bug Rating: I was really excited to find this book in my library, since I’ve written quite […]

Book Review: American Pests

American Pests: The loosing war on insects from Colonial times to DDT Author: James McWilliams Bug Rating: I spent a VERY long time reading, and then re-reading this book. I really struggled with it, because […]

Insects, Bigamy, and History

Today I will entertain you with some random facts about a favorite (and very infamous!) entomological figure: Harrison G. Dyar (1866-1929). Dyar is one of the truly bizarre figures in Entomology. First a Smithsonian scientist– then […]

How to know when you hit the big time

When one of your posts is mentioned in News of the Weird! Specifically: Crab lice: are they a bug or a feature? There actually is a really interesting bit of history to be found in […]

The pleasures of random surfing

One thing I love about the Interwebs is the way in which you can stumble upon something interesting by just randomly clicking around. Today’s Example: The Evanion Collection of Ephemera at the British Museum. Evanion […]