What does one do these days if they are interested in data gathering? WCVE Public Radio producer Steve Clark presented the question to entomologist, Dr. Art Evans. He offered up answers from an entomology perspective, as well as other popular “citizen science” opportunities.
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.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss the recent discovery of the third extant species of forcepfly from Brazil, known only from a single male specimen.
Photo: The forcepfly from eastern North America, Merope tuber. © 2013, A.V. Evans.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss beetles associated with fire, including the myth surrounding European stag and current research on the hypersensitive infrared detection system of Melanophila jewel beetles.
Photo: The fire beetle’s infrared organ, located near the base of the middle legs, can detect heat radiation from a distance (New Scientist: Helmut Schmitz/Uni Bonn).
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark carry on with a thread of conversation concerning the often reviled clothes moth.
Image: Webbing clothes moth, Tineola bisselliella (Hummel)
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark talk to Goochland High School teacher Bea Cantor about her new e-book, Calling Nature. Bea recalls some of her adventures in photographing insects and other small things with her iPhone and how she turned them into a wonderful, multi-media book.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss the Red Velvet Ant Cow-killer.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark note the recent publication of the long-awaited monograph of the scarab beetle genus Euphoria. Art recalls a story about stumbling across a specimen of a North American species of Euphoria in the South African Museum in Cape Town that was mistakenly described as a brand new genus and species from South Africa.
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.