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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 at 8:45 a.m. or at 5:44 p.m. on 88.9 WCVE, Richmond’s Public Radio station.

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

Bugs in Winter

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss bugs in winter -- where they go, who eats them, and places to look for their eggs, larvae, and cocoons.

Photo: Spring nymphs, such as this wheel bug, Arilus cristatus, spend their winters as eggs laid in batches on tree bark.

Christmas Beetles and Humbugs

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark get into the holiday spirit with a discussion of eucalyptus-eating beetles down under and South African cicadas, as well as some entomological humbugs and chimeras.

Key words: Christmas beetles, humbugs, chimera, cicada, Australia, South Africa, St. Helena Giant Earwig

Photo: A Christmas beetle, Anoplognathus porosus

Buck Moths

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark talk about the buck moth, a beautiful fall insect that earned its common name as a result of some curious and inaccurate observations.

Photo: A dorsal and side view of a female buck moth, Hemileuca maia (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). © 2012, John Irby.

Key words: buck moth, Saturniidae, fall 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.

Pillbugs and Sowbugs

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss why rolypolies are not insects and reveal that they live, in an ecological sense, on the knife’s edge.

Photo: Pillbug, Porcellio armadillidium. © 2012, A.V. Evans

Key words: pillbugs, sowbugs, rolypoly, crustacean, isopod

Insects and the Law

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark note that forensic entomologists do more than just study insects at a death scene. They also examine arthropod-related evidence in cases involving child-abuse, elder neglect, automobile accidents, and plane crashes. Art recalls a case where insects and an entomologist helped to shore up a prosecutor's case and put a murderer behind bars.


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