Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Arthro-Pod EP 116: The Splendor of Fireflies

Join the Arthro-Pod gang as they get together to talk about the many insects that are taking over summer 2022 in their respective states and the stress that comes with them. But instead of lamenting, they decided to talk about an insect they love and hope you do to, the firefly. We cover the different names these glowing insects can have, their relatives, how they glow and why! Join us won't you?

An adult firefly waiting for dusk to settle in so it can begin to flash their bioluminescent light

Show Notes:

What do you call the insects that have a glowing rear end? There is data and some maps about the differences in regional names for the US associated with fireflies. 

Here is a chart that helps to separate out the various patterns that you might see in the night in the Eastern US

Femme fatale fireflies and the acquisition of biochemical defenses

The story of collecting fireflies for a penny bounty

How to build firefly habitat in a backyard

If you would like to read a great book all about these nocturnal wonders, we highly recommend this one:

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Arthro-Pod EP 115: Bed bugs in poultry houses with Maria Gonzales-Morales

At the National Conference on Urban Entomology in May, Jody was inspired by Maria Gonzalez-Morales, a grad student from North Carolina State University, and asked for a chance to interview her! She graciously jumped to the mic and the two of them talked about how urban pests have an impact on agriculture. Maria has spent her time during her PHD studying insecticide resistance and in this interview discusses her work specifically with bed bugs in poultry farms. Maria also talks about her dream for the future, which involves creating an inclusive place for Hispanics to learn and be impowered by the information generated from the entomological research around the world. Take a listen. You won’t be disappointed. 

Maria and her national award! Congratulations to her!!