Friday, October 12, 2018

Arthro-Pod EP 52 West Nile virus and Mosquitoes


Howdy, howdy bug lovers! On today's episode of Arthro-Pod, the whole gang gets together for some discussion on mosquitoes and mosquito vectored disease. 


Up front there is discussion of insect themed music and what is good and what is bad. Then some coverage on mosquito biology and a focus on West Nile virus. This disease has been a big issue in the Nebraska area in 2018 so we dissect the symptoms and how people can protect themselves! 


Photo by Jim Kalisch


Show Notes: 
Insect inspired songs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_insect-inspired_songs

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html

Insect Repellents: 
https://cals.arizona.edu/apmc/docs/Repellents-IPMShort-Spanish.pdf

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Arthro-Pod EP 51 Helping the Monarch Butterfly



Howdy, howdy bug lovers! On today's episode Jody and Mike sit down with for two special interviews with monarch experts Thelma Heidel-Baker of the Xerces Society and Tori Pocius of Penn State! 

Tune in to learn all about America's favorite insect and how we can all help conserve their populations! 


Photo by Thelma Heidel-Baker



Show notes

Xerces Society
https://xerces.org/monarchs/
https://xerces.org/monarch-nectar-plants/ 

Milkweed seed finder:
https://xerces.org/milkweed/

Native Plant Guide
http://xerces.org/monarch-nectar-plant-guides/

Photo by Jody Green
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Arthro-Pod EP 50 Chatting about Cicadas


Howdy, howdy bug lovers! On today's show, the Arthro-Pod gang discuss one of the insect world's most musically inclined representatives, the cicada! We go in to detail about what makes cicadas special compared to other true bugs, when they evolved, how/why do they make so much noise, and what do they mean to us culturally. 


We also celebrate making it to 50 episodes!

Tune in and join us won't you?!

Tibicen dorsata on a sunflower (Photo by Jim Kalisch; UNL Entomology)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Arthro-Pod EP 49 Talking bugs with Jim Kalisch


Howdy, howdy bug lovers! On today's episode of Arthro-Pod, Jody and Jonathan meet up with Jim Kalisch  of the UNL Department of Entomology. Jim is a great colleague and mentor who is retiring before the end of the year. He has 33 years of experience as a diagnostician for the state of Nebraska and therefore 33 years of knowledge on how pests can come and go. Tune in to hear about pests that no longer seem to be an issue, rising issues to keep an eye on, and cases of the bizarre and strange!


Jim and the hosts after our recording!
Jim has helped with many entomological mysteries over the years and is also a talented photographer as you can see below. 


Nymphal burrower bugs by Jim Kalisch; UNL entomology department
Adult red admiral butterfly by Jim Kalisch; UNL Department of Entomology
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Arthro-Pod EP 48 The ABCs of Chiggers


Hey there bug lovers! On today's itchy episode of Arthro-Pod, the gang discusses the ABCs of chiggers. Chiggers are immature mites that feed on mammals and create itchy, red spots. Tune in to learn about how they melt your skin and drink it up and find out why nail polish isn't gonna help! Plus, how do you keep them off you in the first place? All that and more in the 48th episode of Arthro-Pod!

I want to drink your skin! Photo by Jim Kalisch; UNL Entomology
Show notes
An extension circular from UNL about chiggers
Info from Texas A&M on these mites
     It's been a bad year in Texas for Chiggers
Chigger bites on ankle. Photo by Jim Kalisch; UNL Entomology


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Arthro-Pod EP 47 How do Insects Mate?

Howdy, howdy bug lovers! Today's episode of Arthro-Pod features Jody and Jonathan covering the risque topic of insect mating! Insects are the most successful animals on earth and their reproduction is part of the reason why. Join us for a PG-13 episode where we discuss insect anatomy, how insects court one another, and how mating probably isn't all that pleasurable to bugs! 

A private moment between two grasshoppers (Photo by Ivy Orellana)


Show Notes
If you want to enjoy National Pollinator Week, check out their site:

Insect courtship can involve the use of sound. Learn more about insect sounds here:

Ask an Entomologist has discussed some of the same topics on their website and we used them as a resource for this recording. Check out their awesome work here: 
Courtship:
Here is a male moth's coremata in action. You'll have to listen to learn what it's for!


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Arthro-Pod EP 46 Talking Ticks with Travis Bourret


Howdy there bug lovers! On today's episode of Arthro-Pod, Jody and Jonathan meet up with Dr. Travis Bourret of Creighton University to talk about ticks! These blood sucking arachnids are a source of consternation and fear every summer, mainly due to their disease vectoring capabilities. 


In this show the gang talks about what ticks are, how they get pathogens inside of them, why not every tick carries every pathogen, and the many types of illness you could contract. At the end, some tips are shared on tick prevention. Tune in!

Know your ticks! Different species can be vectors for different diseases. 
If you would like to contact our guest to discuss ticks, here is some contact info
Instagram: tickdr
Twitter: @drbourret


An American dog tick questing at the tip of a blade of grass. It waits for to host to walk by and then they give them a big hug!

In Nebraska, we mainly deal with American dog ticks or this species- the lone star tick. 
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Two American dog ticks who are just plum full!