Dr. Art Evans, entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark ponder the ramifications of a mild winter on insect populations now and in the very near future.
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.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss the possibilities surrounding the discovery of a polyphemus moth cocoon and what to do with preying mantis egg cases in the dead of winter.
Dr. Art Evans, entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark review an “A” insect collection and strain their eyes to read specimen locality and identification labels. For more information on starting an insect collection see Art’s “National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America.”
Dr. Art Evans and producer Steve Clark explore the juxtaposition of insects in art, literature, science, and popular culture.
Dr. Art Evans and producer Steve Clark have a rambling, yet engaging conversation about creepy basements, preserving spiders for scientific study, and introducing college students to the fascinating world of insects by making an insect collection.
The WBY team of Evans & Clark discusses the particulars of one of Evans’ latest projects, a beetle survey of the Bull Run Mountains.
Five hundred fifty-five species of beetles in 78 families are known from the area thus far, 72 of which are recorded in Virginia for the first time.
A synoptic collection from the project was presented to the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy for use in their educational programs.
Entomologist Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark compare and contrast insect zoos and butterfly houses. Butterfly houses are especially popular largely because their tenants do not suffer the stigma of being insects. Some of the great insects zoos and butterfly houses in eastern North America are found in Cincinnati, Montreal, New Orleans, Raleigh, and Washington, DC.
Dr. Art Evans entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss the pleasures of teaching entomology. The familiar, yet bizarre nature of insects makes them the perfect ambassadors for environmental awareness and a compelling introduction to a myriad of biological processes including evolution, diversification, adaptation, development, reproduction, cooperation, and competition. Throughout his years as an educator, Art has noted that there are two kinds of people--those that love insects and those that don’t yet know they love insects!
Dr. Art Evans, entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss a recently published scientific study in Israel that reveals the gruesome feeding habits of larval ground beetles in the genus Epomis. Using their mouthparts and antennae as lures, hungry larvae draw the attention of hungry and much larger frogs and toads with often deadly results.
To read the original research and to see more photos visit here.
Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss some of the efforts of American entomologists in southwestern China and northern Vietnam to better understand the emerald ash borer and its closest relatives on their own turf.
Emerald ash borer is a very serious threat to ash trees growing along city streets and in woodlands across much of North America. You can see other woodboring beetles collected in Vietnam here.