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Bug Bytes: Earwigs - Creepy But Caring

Jun 10, 2019
Earwig
David Short [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

For some people it’s spiders. For others it’s centipedes. But for many people, the answer to “What kind of bug really creeps you out” is earwigs.

Maybe it’s the big pincers at the end of their abdomen? Maybe it’s the fact that it's a bug with the word “ear” in its name. Whatever the case, they’re not high on many people’s lists of lovable insects.

Bug Bytes: When 'Follow The Leader' Turns Deadly

Jun 3, 2019
Army ants with larvae of a raided wasp nest.
Geoff Gallice [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

There are many games you probably played as a child. Games that for all intents and purposes were innocent and safe. But who would imagine that a game of “follow the leader” could be deadly?

It certainly can be for army ants. In fact, it can actually result in the death of the entire swarm.

Learn about the western sheepmoth, "one of the most beautiful moths we can find in Montana," on "Pea Green Boat."
Glenn Marangelo - Missoula Insectarium

Glenn Marangelo of the Missoula Insectarium will join Annie for a 'Pea Green Boat' all about moths of Montana, Wednesday, August 30 at 4 p.m.

They'll talk about the western sheepmoth (Hemileuca eglanterina), which Glenn calls" one of the most beautiful moths we can find in Montana," and the confusing petrophila moth (Petrophila confusalis),  "which is probably the most amazing little moth in terms of its lifecycle. A great example (as we'll see) of never saying 'never' in regard to the insect world," Marangelo says.

Glover's moth caterpillar.
Glenn Marangelo

Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Insectarium will be back on "Pea Green Boat" Wednesday to teach us more fascinating things about the insect world. He sent along these pictures of the bugs he'll be telling us about.

(L) Monarch butterly, (R) viceroy butterfly. Can you see the differences?
Piccolo Namek, Derek Ramsey (GFDL 1.2)

Can you tell the difference between a monarch and a viceroy butterfly? Do you know what a western two-tailed swallowtail is? Tune in to "Pea Green Boat" on Wednesday, March 30 at 4:00 p.m. to learn more about these butterflies of western Montana with Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium.

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