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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.


Frog-killing Beetle Larvae

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.

Off With Their Heads!

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark explore the world of ant-decapitating flies and discuss new research on their behavior.

Photo above: An ant-decapitating fly (Phoridae: Pseudacteon sp.) inspects a potential host for its offspring, a fire ant (Formicidae: Solenopsis macdonaghi) in El Palmar National Park, Entre Rios, Argentina.

Battling Beetles

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss Doug Emlen’s new book, “Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle,” that, among other topics, examines the costs and benefits of being a well-armed beetle.

To find out more about the book, visit animalweapons.com. Learn more about Emlen’s research here.

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