Dr. Art Evans talks with WCVE Public Radio producer Steve Clark about just what does make a beetle (Coleoptera) a beetle. Species in the order Coleoptera are generally characterized by a particularly hard exoskeleton and hard forewings (elytra). Beetles are endopterygotes, which means that they undergo complete metamorphosis, a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, undergoing a series of conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the its body structure. Listen to find out more.
What's Bugging You?
Dr. Arthur V. Evans teams up with WCVE Public Radio producer Steve Clark for a weekly feature, “What’s Bugging You?,” which airs during NPR’s Morning Edition. The program takes its name from another of Evans’ books “What’s Bugging You – A Fond Look at the Animals We Love to Hate.”
Tune-in each Tuesday morning at 8:35 a.m. on 88.9 WCVE, Richmond’s Public Radio station.
Dr. Art Evans, entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark explore insect collecting of another kind - insect stamp collecting. The photo is a first day cover of a series of beetle postage stamps rendered in 1987 by one of Art’s professors at the University of Pretoria, Erik Holm.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark venture out to the historic Belmead Mansion and surrounding grounds in Powhatan County to inspect one of Art’s Malaise traps as part of an effort to document the local insect fauna.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark continue to examine insects from the black light traps, including a male dobsonfly, one of the largest insects in Virginia.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark visit Powhatan State Park to check several of Art's insect traps.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss some of the interesting insects that show up at the back door light at WCVE.
Photo left (brown moth): Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth, Malacosoma americana.
Photo right (greenish moth): Laudable Arches Moth, Lacinipolia laudabilis.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark offer up a brief overview of these amazing insect aerialists.