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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.


Springtime for the Pollinators

It’s spring and many plants are in bloom. But the bright colors and scents aren’t just for our enjoyment. It is also the time for plants to attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies and other insects. In this What’s Bugging You? edition, Dr. Art Evans shares with WCVE Public Radio producer Steve Clark the various ways plants recruit insects for the important job of pollination.

Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis or Agrilus marcopoli) also known as EAB, was accidentally imported from Eastern Asia in the late 1990s. Since then, the insect has made itself at home in vulnerable ash trees. EAB females bore into an ash’s bark and lay eggs. The resultant larvae bore further into the tree and into the cambium, the area between the bark and wood where nutrient levels are high. The larvae kill the trees by destroying the water and nutrient conducting tissues under the bark. Once an infestation is noticed it’s already too late.

Bumble Flower Scarab

From Dr. Art Evans' Blog – The bumble flower scarab, Euphoria inda (Linnaeus), is the most widely distributed species of Euphoria in North America, ranging from Quebec south to Florida, west to British Columbia, Oregon, Colorado, and southeastern Arizona. The head and pronotum are mostly black, while the elytra are yellowish-brown with variable black spots. The dorsal surface is shiny or dull.

Virginia Beetle Project: False Click Beetle

From Dr. Art Evans’ Blog – My insect survey at the VCU Rice Center continues to reveal species that are rarely collected and/or newly recorded for the Commonwealth of Virginia. While sorting through dozens of trap samples containing thousands of insects, I recently discovered three specimens of a rarely collected false click beetle (Eucnemidae), Xylophilus crassicornis. This collection represents the first records for the genus and species in Virginia.

Interview with David George Gordon, Bug Chef Extraordinaire

WCVE Public Radio producer Steve Clark says, "Entomology is the scientific study of insects. Entomophagy is the practice of eating them! Broadly, Entomophagy also refers to eating arthropods that are not insects, such as spiders and centipedes. Yummy." Steve and Dr. Art Evans were joined by a special guest to talk about this unusual food fare.

Interview with David George Gordon, Bug Chef Extraordinaire

WCVE Public Radio producer Steve Clark says, "Entomology is the scientific study of insects. Entomophagy is the practice of eating them! Broadly, Entomophagy also refers to eating arthropods that are not insects, such as spiders and centipedes. Yummy." Steve and Dr. Art Evans were joined by a special guest to talk about this unusual food fare.

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