Some refer to Water Striders as “Jesus bugs” because of their ability to “walk on water.” Specially designed legs allow them to displace their weight across the surface tension of water. They also have waxy hairs that make them virtually waterproof.
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.
WCVE Public Radio producer Steve Clark and entomologist Dr. Art Evans talked with best selling author Amy Stewart about her latest book Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects. Her most recent effort details some 100 "bug" culprits that have or have had the most dangerous effects on humans.
Find out more and listen to an extended interview with Amy here.
What does one do these days if they are interested in data gathering? WCVE Public Radio producer Steve Clark presented the question to Dr. Art Evans. He offered up answers from an entomology perspective, as well as other popular “citizen science” opportunities.
Ticks are out en masse. Nymphal and adult deer ticks can be carriers of Lyme disease. Nymphs are about the size of a poppy seed and can be hard to detect, so it is a good practice to check for ticks often throughout the warm season. Learn more about Lyme Disease here.
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.
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.
Dr. Art Evans talks WCVE Public Radio Producer Steve Clark about a recent visit to the University of Georgia’s Entomology Department to talk with students about career options and the various paths he has taken as an entomologist.
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.
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.
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.