Many people fear bugs - some to the point of phobia (Entomophobia). But Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance says, “Bugs are not out to get us." Corrie Moreau, of the Field Museum and David Wise, an ecologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, join Sackman for our regular EcoMyths segment to talk about what we have to fear, or not, from insects.
What would it taste like to eat a cricket? That’s what contributor Kate Sackman wondered recently while watching a mother bird feed its fat, hungry babies. As it happens, Chicago's Brookfield Zoo has an insect chef.
This headline from the Chicago Tribune got our attention: 'Most feared' pest found in shipment at O'Hare. According to the story, "a cast skin and larva" later identified as Khapra beetles were discovered in two 10-pound bags of rice last week.As we looked around to learn more abo
The bullet ant is not to be messed with -- unless you want "pure, intense, brilliant pain." (Jerry Oldenettel)“Caustic and burning. Distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.”