Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and 88.9 WCVE producer Steve Clark help to set the record straight with regards to the media hype about kissing bugs in the United States and their roles as vectors of the parasites that cause Chagas disease.
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 at 8:45 a.m. or at 5:44 p.m. on 88.9 WCVE, Richmond’s Public Radio station.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans follows up on 88.9 WCVE producer Steve Clark’s discovery of an oil beetle with information on its identification, distribution, and natural history.
Photo: Female oil beetle, Meloe campanicollis Pinto & Selander (Coleoptera: Meloidae).
Watch the larvae of another species of Meloe use sexual deception to gain access to their host bee’s subterranean nest.
88.9 WCVE producer Steve Clark snapped a photo of an unusual looking blue beetle at the WCVE studios and sent it to entomologist Dr. Art Evans for identification.
Photo: Oil beetle, Meloe campanicollis Pinto & Selander (Coleoptera: Meloidae).
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and 88.9 WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss a case of fecal mimicry involving a South African dung beetle and the nut-like seed of rush-like plant.
Photo: The antelope dung pellet (left) is the apparent model for the odiferous seeds of the South African restiad, Ceratocaryum argentum (middle). Looking and smelling like antelope dung, the plant’s seeds are dispersed and buried by the dung beetle, Epirinus flagellatus (right). Midgley et al. / Nature Plants 2015.