Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss research that reveals how touch can drive solitary grasshoppers to become migratory locusts in biblical proportions.
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 and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss the first draft of Art’s long-awaited field guide.
Photo: One of the 1400 species covered in the book, Rhyssomatus lineaticollis. © 2013 A.V. Evans
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark engage in a rambling conversation ranging from fall cankerworms flitting about right now to the expected arrival of 17-year cicadas in May.
Photo: male, female, and caterpillar of the fall cankerworm, Alsophila pometaria; a 17-year periodical cicada. Magicicada species.
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.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss Steve's latest observations on spiders selecting that oh-so-delicate spot on otherwise well-armored stink bugs.
Photo: Orb weaver with prey. Photo by Mary Holland. Visit her blog here.
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
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
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.
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
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.