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What's Bugging You?

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.

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Insects and the Law

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark note that forensic entomologists do more than just study insects at a death scene. They also examine arthropod-related evidence in cases involving child-abuse, elder neglect, automobile accidents, and plane crashes. Art recalls a case where insects and an entomologist helped to shore up a prosecutor's case and put a murderer behind bars.

Bug Wranglers

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss the role of bug wranglers on movie sets. One well known wrangler, Steve Kutcher, even uses insects to create art.

Photo: Entomologist and bug wrangler Steve Kutcher with some of his insect art.

Banded Wooly Bear

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark debunk the myth of banded wooly bears as meteorological prognosticators and explore the Wooly Bear's ability to keep from freezing in winter. Note that "wooly" is the American spelling. In Britain it is spelled “woolly.”

Key words: banded wooly bear, banded woolly bear, wooly worm, tiger moth

Photo: Banded wooly bear, Pyrrharctica isabella

Graveyard Beetles

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark dig up some juicy natural history nuggets on beetles associated with bodies and graves.

Photo: Burying or sexton beetle, Nicrophorus orbicollis. © 2006, A.V. Evans

Key words: carrion beetle, coffin beetle, graveyard beetle

Mason Wasps

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans discusses the discovery of a mason wasp nesting in his neighborhood with WCVE producer Steve Clarke.

Photo: Mason wasp, Monobia quadridens. © 2012, A.V. Evans.

Key words: Mason wasp, Monobia, carpenter bees, trap nests

Black Widows on the Playground

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark comment on the apparent prevalence of black widows on playgrounds. One of the most effective ways control black widows in these situations is to reduce or eliminate the specific sites that shelter them, especially the nooks and crannies on equipment that are low to the ground.

Key words: black widow, spider, pests

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