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!


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Arthro-Pod EP 45 How to Name a Species


Howdy, howdy bug lovers! On today's show our intrepid trio of hosts discuss just how scientists name a species of animal. Mike has named several new species himself and helps to discuss just what the rules are for the process and what changes have been happening!

Linnaeus, who created the binomial nomenclature system we are discussing
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Linnaeus

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Arthro-Pod Episode 44 Arthropods as Pets with Sarah Triplett



Howdy, howdy bug lovers! When we talk about insects and other arthropods, many of our conversations are about their status as pests. On today's Arthro-Pod though, we are talking about them as PETS!


From cockroaches and beetles, to spiders and scorpions there are lots of different kinds of arthropod animals you can have as a pet. With our guest, Sarah Triplett of the Butterfly Pavilion, we talk about which ones are easiest, which ones to avoid, and tips/tricks for helping your pet live a long and happy life with you! Tune in!

Rosie the Rose-hair tarantula prepares to feed


Sarah Triplett is a professional arthropod caretaker! She serves as the lead zookeeper at The Butterfly Pavilion.
The Arthro-Pod gang with some pet arthropods!

If you would like to reach out to Sarah, she invites questions on arthropod care! You can reach her on the following platforms: 


Twitter: @s_e_triplett

Butterfly Pavilion on twitter: @B_flyPavilion
      Instagram/facebook: @butterflypavilion
·     Email: striplett@butterflies.org


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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Arthro-Pod Episode 43 Spotted Lanternfly with Julie Urban



On today’s show, Michael Skvarla talks with Julie Urbanabout spotted lanternfly, a new invasive pest in Pennsylvania that is poised to spread across the country. They discuss how, when, and where SLF was introduced, current research efforts, and some practical measures that can be taken to control it.

If you have spotted lanternfly on your property, consult this calendar to properly time different control strategies. One control method is destroying eggs, which is demonstrated here.

For additional information, see the Penn State Extension website for various fact sheet.



Live adult spotted lanternfly. Photo by Lawrence Barringer, PA Department of Agriculture
Early instar spotted lanternfly showing the black with white polka-dot pattern. Photographer unknown, from here
Late-instar nymph showing red with white polka-dot pattern. Photographer unknown, from here
Spotted lanternfly egg mass. The eggs are laid and then covered with a substance that hardens by the female. Note the eggs in the bottom left that were missed by the covering. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State.
Sticky bands on tree-of-heaven, which catch and kill nymphs as they move up the trunk. For more information about tree banding, see this Penn State fact sheet. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State.

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