Thursday, December 14, 2017

Arthro-Pod Episode 35 Insects and Arachnids in Folklore


Hey there bug lovers! On today's enthralling new Arthro-Pod Jody and Jonathan discuss how insects have fit into cultural folklore from around the world. Tune in to hear about how arachnids may have helped to create life on earth or about how mosquitoes came to be. If those seem to grand in scale we also discuss the good luck associated with lady beetles and meteorological skills of caterpillars. All good stuff and we hope you'll join us!


Mosquito photo by James Kalisch; UNL Entomology Dept



What is folklore? Source: 

Woollybear photo by James Kalisch; UNL Entomology Dept. 


Some other cool links to check out about specific insects and folklore surrounding them:
https://www.almanac.com/content/woolly-bear-caterpillars-and-weather-prediction

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Arthro-Pod Episode 34 Attack of the bug-eating plants



Hey there bug lovers! On today's show Michael Skvarla is flying solo to interview fellow Penn State entomologist Dr. Tanya Renner! Dr. Renner is an evolutionary biologist who is helping the world to figure out the evolutionary patterns of carnivorous plants and bombardier beetles. Tune in to learn all about her fascinating research!


Drosera rotundifolia by Tanya Renner 


Show notes for today's episode:

Check out the Renner Lab website-


If you are curious about carnivorous plants or want to grow your own here are some great resources provided by our guest:

For purchasing plants Dr. Renner says, "I’ve working with folks at California Carnivores (Peter D’Amato and Damon Collingsworth) for over a decade and I would highly recommend them. Also, Sarracenia Northwest (https://www.growcarnivorousplants.com/) has super nice pitcher plants. I haven’t been able to find a supplier on the east coast yet."

Go check those folks out!

Great books on growing carnivorous plants:
Other good info guides/biology books on carnivorous plants:
The International Carnivorous Plant Society is a great resource for articles on how grow these plants, general biology, and conservation. The society publishes a quarterly newsletter, which includes scientific publications. http://www.carnivorousplants.org/

Photo by Tanya Renner
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Arthro-Pod at ESA 2017: Making Friends with Ask an Entomologist


Hey there bug lovers! Our final on the road production features Joe Ballenger and Nancy Miorelli of Ask an Entomologist. Tune in to hear about their amazing work and how it can help folks and also learn that scientists are people too with weird hobbies!

This is a road production so you will hear hotel noises and the jingle jangle of our name tags as we get animated!

Check out ask an entomologist at 
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We look forward to teaming up with Ask an Entomologist again in the future!




Arthro-Pod Quickcast 2 from ESA 2017: Sheryl Hosler, The Roving Naturalist!


Hey there bug lovers we're coming at you from EntSoc2017 in Denver with another quick-cast! In this episode we meet up with Sheryl Hosler a.k.a The Roving Naturalist! We talk YouTube, how videos help with science communication, and bison poop! Be sure to tune in!



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Monday, November 6, 2017

Arthro-Pod Quickcast from ESA 2017: Sarah Triplett of Butterfly Pavilion


Hey there bug lovers! We're coming at you from the Entomological Society of America National meeting in Denver, CO! We're trying to put together some "quickcasts" for all of you and our first one features Sarah Triplett of Butterfly Pavilion. Tune in to hear about zookeeping as a career and all the wonders that await you at Butterfly Pavilion!
Our first guest at ESA 2017!


Check out the Butterfly Pavilion and head to their website to learn more:
https://www.butterflies.org/


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Arthro-Pod Episode 33: The Horror of Parasitoid Insects!


Hi there bug lovers and welcome to our Halloween special! Today, Jody and Jonathan are featuring parasitoids, one of the most fascinating groups of insects! Their life cycles lend themselves to Halloween discussion as they are often reminiscent of the Alien in Alien, devouring victims from the inside out. 


Aphid mummies caused by a parasitoid braconid wasp (Photo Jody Green; UNL)

In the show we discuss the differences between parasites and parasitoids but here are some easy definitions if you are curious: 


Parasites: lives off another’s (host) benefits by deriving nutrients at host’s expense giving nothing in return

Some examples
External: leech, lice, fleas, ticks, mites
Internal: tapeworm, protozoan that transmits Malaria via mosquito vector, horsehair worms

Here is a horsehair worm leaving a mantis

Parasitoid: Usually insects that undergo complete metamorphosis such as wasps and flies, where the female lays eggs in or on the host and the larvae behaves like an internal parasite, developing using the host’s body for nutrients, but eventually kills the host by through the developmental process. 

Some examples
Parasitoid
Host
Description
Appearance
Braconid wasp
(Braconidae)
Sphingid caterpillar (Spingidae)

Eggs laid & free living in side hemolymph, emerge & spin cocoon on outside of caterpillar
Hornworm caterpillar has hundreds of larvae or cocoons on the outside of its body. Wasp is very small.
Aphidius sp.
(Braconidae)
Aphids (Aphididae)
Eggs laid on aphid, grows inside, killing it, pupation creates the mummy form, chews hole out of the rear end
In the same place where aphids are found, aphid mummies are swollen, tan, papery spheres with cornicles. Tiny wasps among aphids.
Emerald wasp/Jewel wasp (Ampulicidae)

American cockroach
(Blattidae)
Sting thoracic ganglion to paralyze, then sting head to disarm escape reflex, chews off half of each antenna, guides cockroach to burrow
Wasp is found in Asia & Africa. Metallic blue color, 2nd & 3rd pair of legs are bright red & enlarged
Scolioidea (Scoliidae)
Scarab beetles/white grubs, Japanese beetles (Scarabaeidae)
Burrows in ground to look for larvae, spins cocoon underground, locates host by kairomones like hydrocarbons, feces
Wasp has stout body, bright colors, black & yellow.
Cicada killer wasps (Crabronidae)
Cicada
(Cicadidae)
Catch cicada using sounds, provision burrows with paralyzed cicadas, overwinter as larvae, pupate in spring, emerge as adults in summer (no adults overwinter)
Largest wasp, often close to wooded area where cicadas can be found, females are very large solitary, males territorial but only has pseudo stinger.
Velvet ant
(Mutillidae)
Cicada killer
(Crabronidae)
Lay egg in nest cell of cicada killer when larvae pupates it consumes pupae (Hyperparasite)
Bright colors, females lack wings, coarse hair
Ichneumonid wasp
(Ichneumonidae)
Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera  grub, larva or pupae
Inject eggs into hosts bodies or in larvae of other icheunmonids (Hyperparasite). Can use ovipositor to inject into wood boring larvae below bark
Slender waist, lots of antennal segments, some have long threadlike ovipositors
Tachinid fly
 (Tachnidae)
Caterpillars and other insect hosts

Robust fly with shiny or very hairy butt, feeds on flowers as adult

Emblemasoma sp. (Sarcophagidae)
Cicada
(Cicadidae)
Locates host by acoustically hunting male cicadas, drops 1-6 maggots at base of wings that burrow into body to feed, larvae use “oral hooks” to chew their way out to pupate in soil.
Flesh fly with red eyes, 3 dark stripes on thorax

Cicada killer wasp with hapless cicada victim (Photo Jody Green; UNL)

Not all parasitoids are wasps! Flies and beetles can parasitize as well! (Photo Jody Green; UNL)


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Arthro-Pod Episode 32: Are you afraid of insects


Hi there bug lovers! On today's show Jody Green and Michael Skvarla talk about fears surrounding our six-legged friends. For some people insects produce feelings of unease and the heebie jeebies! What is that brought them to this and is there any way to overcome it? These questions and more, answered today on Arthro-Pod!

Show notes for today: 


  • Entomophobia – Fear of insects
  • Common entomophobias or insect-related phobias:
  • Apiphobia or melissophobia – fear of bees
  • Spheksophobia – fear of wasps
  • Myrmecophobia – fear of ants
  • Acaraphobia – fear of mites
  • Arachnophobia – fear of spiders
  • Mottephobia – fear of moths


Phobias or fears are not just a dislike for insects or a certain insect, but a deep, persistent and unreasonable fear which elicits symptoms of anxiety (heart palpitations, sweating, trembling, nausea, loss of breath, dizziness) when presented with an entomological stimulus. 

Immersion therapy can involve exposing arachnophobes to spiders such as tarantulas


Causes of specific phobias could be a variety of factors including traumatic childhood experiences, medical condition, genetic predisposition, learned behavior, fear by association and/or an evolutionary or cultural response. 

Arthropods in U.S. Homes:


Some Insect Horror Films (if you are looking for a Halloween movie marathon!)
  • Them! The Naked Jungle 1954
  • Tarantula 1955
  •  The Deadly Mantis. The Black Scorpion,  Monster from Green Hell, Beginning of the End 1957
  • The Fly, The Spider, The Strange World of Planet X 1958
  •  Return of the Fly, The Wasp Woman 1959
  •   Body in the Web 1960
  •  Mothra 1961
  • The Deadly Bees 1966
  • Hives of Horror 1967
  • Genocide 1968
  •  Phase IV 1974
  •  Bug, The Giant Spider Invasion 1975
  • Squirm 1976
  • Empire of the Ants, Kingdom of the Spiders 1977
  • The Swarm, The Bees 1978
  • Phenomena 1985
  • The Fly 1986
  • The Nest 1988
  • The Fly II 1989
  • Arachnophobia 1990
  • Naked Lunch 1991
  • Ticks, Skeeter 1993
  • Mosquito 1994
  •  Mimic, Starship Troopers 1997
  •  Bug Buster 1998
  • Spiders, The Nest 2000
  • Arachnid, Mimic 2 2001
  • Eight Legged Freaks, Infested 2002
  • Mimic 3: Sentinel 2003
  • Insecticidal, Glass Trap, Killing Bee 2005
  •  In The Spider’s Web 2007
  • Infestation, Invicta 2009


Jody has meleagrisphobia – fear of turkeys

Mike has basophobia or basiphobia – fear of falling


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