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EcoMyths: Bugs are out to get us

Many people have a fear of bugs - some to the point of phobia (entomophobia). But Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance says, “Bugs are not out to get us. While arthropods like Dracula ants and cannibalistic spiders, may sound scary in theory, in reality, most are not only harmless to humans, but would also far prefer to avoid giants like us altogether.” Corrie Moreau, associate curator of insects for the Field Museum and David Wise, ecologist and associate director of the Institute for Environmental Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, join Kate and Jerome McDonnell for our regular EcoMyths segment to talk about what we have to fear, or not, from insects. (photo: courtesy of EcoMythsalliance.org)

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