May. 06, 2013
There's more to flies than meets the eye.
May. 01, 2013
Recently we were sent a book on hoverflies to review. And it was epic.
Apr. 22, 2013
You need a permit to keep walking sticks, but most teachers didn't get the memo.
Apr. 08, 2013
Drop some knowledge about the insect order Hemiptera, just in time for a cicada revival.
Mar. 27, 2013
During a recent trip to the east coast, we visited with Kristie's grandma, the first female air traffic controller at LaGuardia airport.
Mar. 13, 2013
Last week, parts of the Middle East experienced something we've probably all heard of: a locust plague.
Mar. 07, 2013
We may never make history, but each week we teach young women who could, particularly in the sciences.
Mar. 01, 2013
A stylish home for our arthropod zoo in an old Ikea cabinet!
Feb. 21, 2013
Beat the February blues and jumpstart the creative process by writing photo-inspired haikus!
Feb. 13, 2013
We asked scientists from every discipline in entomology to describe the field in one word.
Jan. 23, 2013
Being different isn't easy.
Jan. 15, 2013
Kids + misunderstood animal + video camera & homemade props = AWESOME!
Jan. 09, 2013
What better way to teach research, writing, and presentation skills than with a video production class?
Jan. 02, 2013
Some genetic mutations are beautiful!
Dec. 19, 2012
We wanted to thank all the readers of the Bug Chick's blog for a great year with a free digital coloring sheet of an armoured ground cricket!
Dec. 05, 2012
A 24-hour species identification challenge in an Oregon city park shows citizen scientists the diversity of urban wildlife.
Nov. 28, 2012
Many insects are pegged with an undeserved bad reputation. Earwigs are a great example.
Nov. 14, 2012
What happens at a scientific conference?
Nov. 07, 2012
During our visit to Costa Rica in March, we came across an arachnid with unexpected companions.
Oct. 31, 2012
It’s always amazing to me that no matter the circumstance, no matter the place, kids want to talk bugs with us. All children, all over the world speak 'bug'.
Oct. 17, 2012
The other day we caught a glimpse of an insect that's usually seen in the spring -- the mayfly! Check out this video to learn more about these short-lived insects.
Oct. 10, 2012
What's that silver insect in your bathroom sink? A silverfish! Check out our video to learn about these ancient animals.
Oct. 03, 2012
When a tarantula is sick and weak, what do you do? Stick it in the ICU!
Sep. 26, 2012
'Tis the season! The kids are back in school and head lice are going to be on the forefront of parents' minds. It can be hard to find facts on these animals when internet searches provide myths, fear, and outdated remedies. But The Bug Chicks are here to teach about the insects themselves. Arm yourself with knowledge! (And a good nit comb.)
Sep. 19, 2012
Cooler weather is on it's way, but we're not worried! We've planned some winter expeditions to find insects in the sea caves and glacial fields of Oregon.
Sep. 12, 2012
For bug lovers, there are lots of cool events happening all over the country.
Sep. 05, 2012
Learn about the yucca moth and the yucca plant and why pollinators are so important. In English and Spanish!
Aug. 22, 2012
A few weeks ago we showed you how to make a piece of insect collecting equipment called a beat sheet. In this post, we’re going to add pan traps and baited traps to your DIY collecting tools.
Aug. 15, 2012
In this video, we teach about indirect sperm transfer behaviors of these arthropods, in a slightly different way than other entomologists. Our way involves costumes. And mustaches. Enjoy!
Aug. 08, 2012
This podcast explores the tactile communication of ants and how they use touch to interact with their environment.
Jul. 25, 2012
Aphids produde an alarm pheromone to defend themselves against predation.
Jul. 11, 2012
Fleas can jump over 150 times their own body length. A house fly can beat its wings 200 times per second. How do these feats compare with those of other animals?
Jul. 05, 2012
For Kristie, this spider is #1 on her "Top 5 Spiders To See Down Under" list. Sadly, she missed it last year while traveling in NSW but we thought we'd share this photo and take the opportunity to teach about some of the cool morphological features these spiders and their relatives have.
Jun. 27, 2012
Cockroaches get a bad rap. Just the word makes people “ew” and “ugh”. Even though only 10% of species are pests of humans, we tend to associate all of them with filth. This video explores the biology, morphology and mythology surrounding these misunderstood animals.
Jun. 20, 2012
For this podcast, world renowned architect Mick Pearce joins us from Zimbabwe to talk about the design of the Eastgate Center in Harare. There are no electrical AC units in the building – instead, Pearce used termite mound structure as inspiration for the ventilation system!
Jun. 14, 2012
People always ask us how they can collect insects safely. Professional insect collecting equipment can be expensive, so we’ve decided to make a little DIY series about how to make your own insect collecting equipment on the cheap.
Jun. 07, 2012
Call them what you want – stick insects, walking sticks or stick bugs – we call them masters of camouflage! Insects in the Order Phasmatodea look and behave like plants and hide from even the most intrepid entomologists. In this new video we created for Texas A&M University’s Department of Entomology, we take you through the morphology, biology and mythology of these fascinating creatures.
May. 16, 2012
This video, created for a course called Insects and Human Society at Texas A&M University, explores the biology and morphology of dragonflies and examines them through the lens of cultural entomology. Also, we explain mating and courtship behaviors dressed up as giant dragonflies.
May. 03, 2012
We paid tribute to one of the most famous scenes from Star Trek's The Wrath of Khan. Disclaimer: No earwigs (or Bug Chicks) were injured during the filming of this segment.
Jan. 04, 2012
In this video, we explore the different ways that animals get around their environment. It's perfect as a lesson for kids in grades K-2 (and it corresponds with national curriculum standards!), but it's fun for "kids" of all ages!
Dec. 14, 2011
Morphology is the study of the structure and function of an animal’s body. And sometimes, learning all the bits and pieces can get really intense! This video goes in-depth on bee morphology. We had a ton of fun creating larger-than-life body parts out of common household goods like hair combs, pipe cleaners, and toilet brushes!
Oct. 05, 2011
In this video, learn about Bess Beetles and how an insect can make a great classroom pet.
Sep. 07, 2011
This is the episode that started it all! We introduce what makes an insect an insect and show you the unusual way insects taste their food.
Aug. 17, 2011
In this video, the Bug Chicks bring you into the bizarre world of pollination.
Apr. 02, 2012
In our earlier post we talked about how Costa Rica is such a biodiversity hotspot. We saw a mind-boggling amount of insect species, and many of them were beetles. During our stay at the Soltis Center, we filmed and photographed ‘round the clock, and in this post, we wanted to give you a taste of the beetle diversity we found there.
Mar. 14, 2012
We're on our way back from an idyllic week in Costa Rica. We've been filming for a solid seven days and we can't even begin to tell you the things we've seen. Frogs, snakes, mammals and insects...oh the insects. When entomologists die, their souls go to Costa Rica.
Mar. 08, 2012
By the time you read this, we will be on a plane to Costa Rica. We are filming the second installment of our insect order videos for Texas A&M University's awesome class, Insects and Human Society. Since the insects won't be buzzing around for a couple of months yet here in Oregon, we decided to go to them. Luckily, we had two plane tickets that we needed to use this year. What are two Bug Chicks to do?
Feb. 29, 2012
We've got the end of winter blahs. You know the ones. When the weather can't decide if it's winter or spring and it's a bit past the snow but the green hasn't managed to arrive yet. So, this past week, we made some mini-vivariums and bought some special air plants for our office. Now, we know that we’re The Bug Chicks, but a) we love all things green and nature-y, and b) plants and insects go hand-in-hand! And let’s face it – after a few months of having no leaves on the trees, a little plant life definitely goes a long way.
Feb. 15, 2012
The week surrounding Valentine’s Day makes us think about love and joy, whether we like it or not. Learning to identify people or pinpoint events and moments that make us happy is a good exercise, though. So we decided to sit down and list 5 reasons why we love being entomologists.
Feb. 08, 2012
Insects as food is making headlines again. An article released by The Daily Mail in late January discussed how the European Union is spending 3 million Euro to explore insect protein as a food supplements, as well as using insects to combat food shortages. We decided to re-post our podcast about entomophagy (the eating of insects) in order to start the discussion here on Talking Science!
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