58 episodes

Each episode an artist and an ecologist team-up to discuss small creatures and create a bug-themed character. Check out the character artwork at BugsNeedHeroes.com or https://instagram.com/bugsneedheroes/

Created by Derek Conrad and Kelly Zimmerman.
Hosted by Amanda Niday and Kelly Zimmerman.
Character artwork by Amanda Niday.
Music is ”Ladybug Castle” by Rolemusic.

Bugs Need Heroes BugsNeedHeroes

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 18 Ratings

Each episode an artist and an ecologist team-up to discuss small creatures and create a bug-themed character. Check out the character artwork at BugsNeedHeroes.com or https://instagram.com/bugsneedheroes/

Created by Derek Conrad and Kelly Zimmerman.
Hosted by Amanda Niday and Kelly Zimmerman.
Character artwork by Amanda Niday.
Music is ”Ladybug Castle” by Rolemusic.

    BONUS: Don't freak out about Joro Spiders

    BONUS: Don't freak out about Joro Spiders

    Remain calm.
     
    Send us questions and suggestions! BugsNeedHeroes@gmail.com
    Join us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bugsneedheroes/
    Join us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bugsneedheroes
    Join us on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/BugsNeedHeroes
    Hosted by Amanda Niday and Kelly Zimmerman with editing by Derek Conrad with assistance from Chelsey Bawden
    Created by Derek Conrad and Kelly Zimmerman.
    Character artwork by Amanda Niday.
    Music is Ladybug Castle by Rolemusic.

    • 15 min
    The Dash (TIGER BEETLES)

    The Dash (TIGER BEETLES)

    This week Kelly and Amanda talk about an extremely buggy bug. Is this best bug? Maybe! Tangents include why chess sucks, scrub jays, and spoilers for The Menu.
     
    Kelly's Field Notes for this episode: https://www.bugsneedheroes.com/episodes/the-dash
     
    Send us questions and suggestions! BugsNeedHeroes@gmail.com
    Join us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bugsneedheroes/
    Join us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bugsneedheroes
    Join us on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/BugsNeedHeroes
    Hosted by Amanda Niday and Kelly Zimmerman with editing by Derek Conrad with assistance from Chelsey Bawden
    Created by Derek Conrad and Kelly Zimmerman.
    Character artwork by Amanda Niday.
    Music is Ladybug Castle by Rolemusic.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Marquis de Beetle (BLISTER BEETLES)

    Marquis de Beetle (BLISTER BEETLES)

    Content Warning for the episode: discussion of adult topics, including sexual assault and BDSM.
    This week Amanda and Kelly discuss a weird group of beetles and its unusual life history and its role in history as a supposed aphrodisiac. Although we mostly focus on the Oil Beetles (Meloe genus), we also talk about some other blister beetles including spanish fly (Lytta vesicatoria). Tangents include juicy spiders, the aristocracy, Strong Bad, and historical dress.
     
    Kelly's Field Notes: https://www.bugsneedheroes.com/episodes/marquis-de-beetle
    Send us questions and suggestions! BugsNeedHeroes@gmail.com
    Join us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bugsneedheroes/
    Join us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bugsneedheroes
    Join us on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/BugsNeedHeroes
    Hosted by Amanda Niday and Kelly Zimmerman with editing by Derek Conrad with assistance from Chelsey Bawden
    Created by Derek Conrad and Kelly Zimmerman.
    Character artwork by Amanda Niday.
    Music is Ladybug Castle by Rolemusic.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Pepper and the Pollution Solution (PEPPERED MOTHS)

    Pepper and the Pollution Solution (PEPPERED MOTHS)

    While this moth itself isn't very impressive, it has had an interesting story coinciding with the industrial revolution and the theory of evolution. Kelly discusses genetics and industrial melanism. Amanda discusses dinosaurs and dancing. 
     
    We recorded video for this episode and a portion of it is on youtube if you want to see pictures of the moths: https://youtu.be/c5pgfBdBCBk
     
    Kelly's Field Notes: https://www.bugsneedheroes.com/episodes/pepper-and-the-pollution-solution
    Send us questions and suggestions! BugsNeedHeroes@gmail.com
    Join us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bugsneedheroes/
    Join us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bugsneedheroes
    Join us on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/BugsNeedHeroes
    Hosted by Amanda Niday and Kelly Zimmerman with editing by Derek Conrad with assistance from Chelsey Bawden
    Created by Derek Conrad and Kelly Zimmerman.
    Character artwork by Amanda Niday.
    Music is Ladybug Castle by Rolemusic.

    • 1 hr 8 min
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    The Underground Musician (MOLE CRICKETS)

    The Underground Musician (MOLE CRICKETS)

    Another cute bug this week! Mole crickets live in the soil and build musical instruments to augment their melodies. Tangents include Disney movies, exploding whales, marching band energy. And Kelly still hasn't seen A Bug's Life.
     
    Kelly's field notes and Amanda's artwork: https://www.bugsneedheroes.com/episodes/underground-musician
     
    The KATU News footage of the exploding whale in Florence, Oregon 1970: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6CLumsir34
     
    Listen to a recording of the Northern Mole Cricket (Neocurtilla hexadactyla) on the Singing Insects of North America (SINA) webpage: https://orthsoc.org/sina/351a.htm
     
    Send us questions and suggestions! BugsNeedHeroes@gmail.com
    Join us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bugsneedheroes/
    Join us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bugsneedheroes
    Join us on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/BugsNeedHeroes
    Hosted by Amanda Niday and Kelly Zimmerman with editing by Derek Conrad with assistance from Chelsey Bawden
    Created by Derek Conrad and Kelly Zimmerman.
    Character artwork by Amanda Niday.
    Music is Ladybug Castle by Rolemusic.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

InspirationExists ,

Lovely, Fun, And Educational!

I learn so much while enjoying this podcast! Amanda and Kelly are delightful, and I love the bug talk plus all of their fun tangents. I love listening while I'm painting with watercolors or doing dishes. Thank you for adding an amusing and smart soundtrack to my art projects and chores!

Pedpatrick ,

A chill way to learn about nature

The hosts are an odd couple of sorts, one a loud, high energy animated artist, the other a cool and collected scientific voice. They present a fun way to learn about bugs and nature in general.

Blue-Chicken ,

Embrace your nerd!

Did you know some mothers have an organ in their belly that counteracts the sonic radar of bats? Or that ladybugs are more heavily regulated in food production because their secretions are kind of bitter?

Probably my new favorite podcast.

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