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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.

Visit Evans’ Blog or Facebook pages for more insight into the world of insects.


Beetles of the Bull Run Mountains

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.

Insects In Captivity

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.

Teaching Entomology

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!

Larval Ground Beetles Study

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.

Emerald Ash Borer Research

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.

Silverfish

Dr. Art Evans, entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark explore the soft under belly of one of the world’s most primitive insects, silverfish. Clad in shiny scales, these shy, nocturnal omnivores live in pantries or under stones and bark; a few species are specialists and prefer to live among the hustle and bustle of ant and termite colonies. As household pests, silverfish are capable of causing extensive damage by feeding on wallpaper paste, book bindings, paper products, and the starchy sizing of some fabrics.

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