Thursday, October 19, 2017

Arthro-Pod Episode 31: Winter is coming for insects



Hi there bug lovers! On today's show Jody and Jonathan discuss how insects survive the falling temperatures of winter. While some may just wait out the cold as an egg, others may stick around as an adult form which can lead to negative interactions in our homes. How can we prevent invaders and which are the most likely to be found indoors? Tune in to find out!

Pictures of Jody's infamous five fall invaders (All photos copyright of Jody Green; Nebraska Extension):
Multicolored Asian ladybeetles, note the "M" on pronotum which stands for multicolored Asian ladybeetle

Conifer seed bug

Cluster fly with fine golden hair

Boxelder bugs clustered together trying to get inside


Brown marmorated stink bug adult, the latest invasive to Nebraska

Show notes on fall invaders

https://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2011/FallInvaders.shtml

https://communityenvironment.unl.edu/pest-month-fall-invaders


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Arthro-Pod Episode 30: Get to Know the Brown Recluse


Hi there bug lovers! On today's show Mike and Jonathan are talking all about the infamous brown recluse! While this eight-legged animal may inspire fear in the heart of many, perhaps it is just misunderstood? Tune in to learn about where the brown recluse lives, what may actually be responsible for those gross pictures you see online, and how to identify if you have a brown recluse or not!

Helpful size comparison of brown recluse to an American quarter (Jim Kalisch; UNL Entomology)

Here are our show notes with some helpful quotations pulled by Mike:

"From the beginning, the diagnosis of brown recluse spider bite was based on supposition much more than fact"
http://www.labmed.theclinics.com/article/S0272-2712(06)00015-1/abstract


"2,055 brown recluse spiders...were collected...in a home in Lenexa, KS. Additional collections from more typically infested homes in Missouri and Oklahoma in 2001 yielded 45 and 30 brown recluse spiders, respectively. Despite these infestations, no envenomations of the inhabitants of these three homes occurred. Considering the levels of infestations with no bites in the homes presented here, nonendemic areas in the United States, which typically lack recluse spider populations and have had zero to few verified specimens of the spider, do not have sufficient numbers of brown recluse spiders to make envenomation a likely scenario."

"Brown recluse spiders are not found in Canada. Hobo spiders have not been reliably implicated in  dermonecrosis. Worldwide, spider-bite envenomation is an unlikely cause of dermonecrosis."

"In total, 1,773 arachnids [were submitted] from 49 states. Participants from states at least half within the known brown recluse distribution submitted Loxosceles spiders 32–89% of the time. From 25 of 29 states completely or almost completely outside of the range of Loxosceles spiders, no recluse spiders were submitted."

"The diagnosis of brown recluse spider bite is overused for dermonecrotic wounds of uncertain etiology"

"The medical community from non-endemic Loxosceles areas often makes loxoscelism diagnoses solely on the basis of dermonecrotic lesions where Loxosceles spiders are rare or non-existent."

"Among both physicians and the general public, the perceived threat of spider bites far exceeds the actual risk. The misdiagnosis of spider bites is given to a wide spectrum of dermatologic conditions, some of which are far more dangerous than a spider bite."
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmra041184


The six eyes that help to ID a brown recluse (Jim Kalisch; UNL Entomology)

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Arthro-Pod Episode 29: The Migration of Painted Lady Butterflies



Tune in to today's show where Jody and Jonathan chat about painted lady butterflies and the magnificent migration that has been occurring. Painted ladies, aka cosmopolitans, are found on nearly every continent on Earth and are a handsome mixture of orange, brown, and white.
While the monarch butterfly is the most famous migratory insect, painted ladies are also capable of showing off and traversing the country over successive generations.




Learn more about this butterfly from our friends at Iowa State:
http://vanessa.ent.iastate.edu/node/10482

Or contribute to the databanks of iNaturalist
https://www.inaturalist.org/ 



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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Welcome to Arthro-Pod 2.0!


Hi there bug lovers! It's been a while since I released an episode and for that I apologize. Arthro-Pod is one of the favorite aspects of my job but it can be tough as a one-man band. That is why I am excited to announce that Arthro-Pod is going through a bit of a relaunch and adding two more hosts to the program! All of us are extension entomologists with a mission to bring entomological knowledge to the masses! Before you tune in, read on to meet your new best bug friends!


Dr. Jody Green, also of University of Nebraska, is joining up and bringing a ton of energy and urban entomology expertise!


You have met Dr. Michael Skvarla on the Arthropod 101 segments we do but he will now be a permanent host, coming to us from Penn State and sharing his knowledge about insect ID and systematics!

We are teaming up to bring you more entertainment, more knowledge, and best of all more episodes! We will still have interview episodes but now will also offer episodes centered around interesting insect cases, journal club type episodes, or just choosing an arthropod we have been getting lots of questions about featuring them for a half hour. I hope you can feel the excitement and that you will keep tuning in and telling your friends about the show!

Thanks for all your support!


The Bug Squad y'all!
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Episode 28: Entomology and Entrepreneurship with Aaron Dossey


Howdy, howdy bug lovers! Today on Arthro-Pod we meet up with Dr. Aaron Dossey of All Things Bugs. Aaron is ascientist who has followed an interesting career trajectory from postdoc to CEO. He's got a book out (link down below) wrote the resolution to get National Postdoc Appreciation Week passed by congress! In the show, we cover topics like insects as a sustainable food source, what it takes to start a science business, and how to craft your grad school experience towards an entrepreneurial end. 



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Arthropods 101: Spiders, mites, and horseshoe crabs, oh my! Get to know Chelicerata!


Greetings arthropod lovers of all stripes! Today Mike Skvarla and I sit down with Ray Fisher of the University of Arkansas to discuss Chelicerata. Now you may be saying to yourself, "What is a Chelicerata? It sounds like an exotic sports car." and you would be wrong. Chelicerates are a diverse group of animals that we interact with on a regular basis and includes things like spiders, ticks, mites, scorpions and many more. 





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Episode 27 Podcast Pollination with Bugs & Stuff





Howdy bug lovers! Today we meet up with Cari and Caitlin from the awesome podcast Bugs & Stuff! We chat all about science communication, being a grad student, and how entomology and podcasting go together. It is a lot of fun and I promise you will giggle as much as we did!




Be sure to start following their show at 
https://bugsandstuffpod.wordpress.com/
Or hit them up on Twitter 
@BugsAndStuffPod 



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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Arthropods 101: What makes arthropods special?


Hi there bug lovers and welcome to today's show! We're beginning a new venture here on Arthro-Pod that focuses on our namesake phylum, Arthropoda! If you listen to these episodes you will gain a greater understanding of what makes an arthropod an arthropod, how we differentiate something like a lobster from a butterfly, and why we must understand this large group of animals!

Today's show features Michael Skvarla and we chat about the defining traits of arthropods, what a phylum is, and how arthropods have become so successful! Tune in!


One big happy phylum!
Photos by Jim Kalisch; UNL Entomology


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Episode 26: Dissecting the World of Pest Control with Carl Braun


Hi there bug lovers! On today's episode we are joined by Carl Braun of Quality Pest Control. On Arthro-Pod we talk about a lot of different kinds of pet insects and have heard from a lot of scientists but today's show looks at the world pest control from an actual operator's perspective. 

Tune in to hear about mistakes people make before and after they hire a professional pest control operator and get some tips on how to prevent pests! 






Catch up with Carl on his website at:
http://qualitypestcontrolomaha.com/



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