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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.


Black Widows on the Playground

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark comment on the apparent prevalence of black widows on playgrounds. One of the most effective ways control black widows in these situations is to reduce or eliminate the specific sites that shelter them, especially the nooks and crannies on equipment that are low to the ground.

Key words: black widow, spider, pests

What Bugs You?

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark have some fun at the intersection of entomology and etymology.

Photo: Florida Predatory Stink Bug, S. Clark

Key words: etymology, insects in language

Timemas

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss a group of primitive stick insects called timemas that are found only in western North America.

For more information on timemas, visit Dr. Cristina Sandoval’s website.

Photo: Timema, possibly cristinae. Santa Barbara County, CA. © 2012, A.V. Evans.

Backyard Bug Survey, Part 2

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark carry on with the previous week's conversation on the value of backyard bug surveys. Local lists may provide valuable information to scientists studying insect distributions and the effects of climate change, or reveal the first records of an invasive species. You never know what you will find until you start looking!

Photo: Hummingbird moth, Hemaris thysbe. © 2011, A.V. Evans

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