Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Rappin’ ’bout Brood X Cicadas

May 25, 2021

Rapper MC Bugg-Z (entomologist Andy Lima) has the 411 on those 6-legged 17-year cicadas.

More:

“A Fairfax Entomologist Is Rapping His Welcome To The Brood X Cicadas,” Jacob Fenston, DCist

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Cicadas

May 7, 2021

Brood X is back! Big, red-eyed bugs will keep DC and 15 states awake for two weeks. A video by Samuel Orr with music by Dexter Britain.

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Crickets. Yum!

August 12, 2020

Cricket farmers Adam Brody and Jude Tallichet raise insects in their Manhattan apartments. On purpose. For food. They want you to add the musical hoppers to your diet. A New Yorker video.

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Walking On Water

May 14, 2018

Water striders (aka pond skaters) flitter across the surface of ponds and slow-moving streams. How do they walk on water, and why? A KQED video.

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Mosquito Festival!

July 18, 2015

Mosquito Festival

The internet is just humming about Mosquito Festivals. If you’re just itching to go this summer, there’s only one pesky problem: Which one to go to? The mosquito festival in Texas has some pretty good music, but the one in Russia has a Most Delicious Girl Contest judged by swarms of bloodthirsty insects. There are ‘skeeter celebrations in Oregon, Indiana, Arkansas, Montana, New York State, and Italy. No wonder blood bank deposits are running low.

We just hope these insect-centered events live up to all the buzz, and to the high standards set by the big Blackfly Festivals of Vermont and Maine and the legendary Luckenbach Mud Dauber Festival & Chili Cookoff.

Related:

“How mosquitoes zero in on warm bodies,” Jonathan Webb, BBC News

“The 20 Most Mosquito-Plagued U.S. Cities,” Vicky Gan, CityLab

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Hopocalypse!

June 3, 2010

Hopocalypse!

We warned you but you were too busy ranting about BP to listen. Now the plague is nearly upon us, a grasshopper infestation of epic proportions. The critters are poised to devour rangeland and crops in Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, all across the American West. It will be the worst grasshopper outbreak in 30 years. Stockpile food now.

 

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