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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.

Dr. Richard Hoffman

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark note the recent passing of Dr. Richard Hoffman. Hoffman was the emeritus curator of the Department of Recent Invertebrates at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville. He was a world authority on millipedes, a superb entomologist, and one of the last true Virginia natural historians. Richard will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.

The Flap Over Frap

Dr. Art Evans, entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark examine the past and present use of cochineal. These waxy cactus-feeding insects are gathered, dried, ground up, and used to produce dye for cosmetics, fabrics, and food coloring.

Starbucks has announced it will stop using cochineal extract. Starbucks U.S. president Cliff Burrows says the company will transition to lycopene, a natural tomato-based extract used for coloring.

Photo: Dr. John Brackenbury/Science Photo Library


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