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A monthly examination of real life insect encounters that encourages readers to see beyond what 'bugs' them and into the fascinating life of insects.

Dr. Tim's Spineless Wonder‪s‬ Purdue Extension

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A monthly examination of real life insect encounters that encourages readers to see beyond what 'bugs' them and into the fascinating life of insects.

    Cute as a Bug? Where Are the Metrics?

    Cute as a Bug? Where Are the Metrics?

    When we see a newborn baby, we sometimes use the phrase “cute as a bug’s ear,” or even more commonly, “cute as a bug in a rug.” The term is purported to be a compliment, but if we put on our laboratory coats and think like a scientist, we have to ask ourselves, “What is a bug’s ear, really, and what does a bug in a rug actually look like?” How do we know if the comparison is a compliment? Unless we are provided metrics with which to actually measure cuteness, it seems dangerous to conclude that being “cute as a bug in a rug” is a compliment at all.

    • 15 min
    Avoiding Winter-time ‘Bah Humbug’ Surprises

    Avoiding Winter-time ‘Bah Humbug’ Surprises

    I don't often get questions about new insect outbreaks in the home at this time of year, but when I do it is often near the Christmas holidays and the letter exchange goes something like this ....

    Dear Dr. Tim;

    Shortly after Christmas my living room was invaded by hundreds of tiny bugs. They were crawling everywhere .... on walls, on the floor, on the ceiling, in the windows, and even on our Christmas tree. They nearly spoiled my whole holiday season and I still get the 'willies' just thinking about them. What bugs come out in the middle of winter? Aren't they supposed to be hibernating?

    Signed

    Willey

    • 13 min
    Repletes and Food Storage by Insects

    Repletes and Food Storage by Insects

    Food consumption is on Americans’ minds right now with recent Thanksgiving Day feasts under our belt (literally if not figuratively), and Christmas dinners, Hanukah celebrations, and New Year’s festivals in the near future. What holiday is complete without consuming ridiculous, even epic amounts of food? It is what we do. It is expected. We engorge to repletion until we are sure that we cannot possibly eat another bite. Then we do it again, if not at the very next meal then certainly at the next holiday.

    It is a sad reality that humans are amateurs at making ingested food last more than a few hours. We eat, we digest but we are soon back at the refrigerator or the pantry, looking for a repeat.

    • 12 min
    Insidious flower bug – the size of the fight

    Insidious flower bug – the size of the fight

    Not many insects bite people just for fun, but there are a few that seem to. It is not that they are biting to feed on humans; nor does it seem that they are biting out of self-defense. The fact is we don’t know for certain why they bite – but we sure feel it when they do.

    The ones I am talking about are fall-time biters. They are out in full force right now, as days are still warm but nighttime temperatures are decreasing. They swarm us when we are innocently working out in the yard, jogging, bicycling or when we are just out for an afternoon walk. They attack us at outdoor gatherings, picnics, or barbecues, or even when we are relaxing in our favorite lawn chair trying to enjoy what is left of the year’s pleasantly warm autumn days.

    • 10 min
    The Cricket Offensive

    The Cricket Offensive

    In this month's episode of Dr. Tim's Spineless Wonders, Tim take us on a hunt for those shockingly loud, annoying crickets that invade our home. Outdoors, they are perfectly fine. Indoors, the hunt is on. 

    • 13 min
    The Buzz is Worse Than the Bite – Usually

    The Buzz is Worse Than the Bite – Usually

    The whole country was abuzz a few months ago when reports of Asian giant hornets hit the media. The news story was evidently a good one because it reverberated from print to broadcast to internet and back again. It was one of those stories that captured people’s interest immediately – and what’s more, people remembered it, at least the sensational part of the story, that is. Dr. Tim talks about hornets, yellowjackets and killer wasps in this months episode of Spineless Wonders. 

    • 13 min

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Excellent look at all things 6-legged

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