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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.


The Flap Over Frap

Dr. Art Evans, entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark examine the past and present use of cochineal. These waxy cactus-feeding insects are gathered, dried, ground up, and used to produce dye for cosmetics, fabrics, and food coloring.

Starbucks has announced it will stop using cochineal extract. Starbucks U.S. president Cliff Burrows says the company will transition to lycopene, a natural tomato-based extract used for coloring.

Photo: Dr. John Brackenbury/Science Photo Library

Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America

Dr. Art Evans, entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark review Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America published by Princeton University Press. Art notes that this book is out just in time for National Moth Week that is coming up on July 23-29, 2012.

For more information on the book, visit here.

To find out more about National Moth Week, visit here.

Fleas

What’s eating you?

Dr. Art Evans, entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark marvel at fleas, past and present. They discuss the flea’s role in the Black Death, reveal the source of the flea’s jump, and speculate on what ancient flea-like insects recently discovered as fossils in China ate for dinner.

Insect Philately

Dr. Art Evans, entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark explore insect collecting of another kind - insect stamp collecting. The image 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.

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