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  • Arthro-Pod EP 100: Let's Celebrate 100 Episodes!!


    Hello bug lovers! Arthro-Pod has finally reached that 100 episode milestone. To celebrate, we hope you will indulge us with some time to talk about what we are grateful for with the show and to share some of our most wholesome and happy entomology memories. If you stick around after the outro song, you can also hear some great outtakes that Jody has collected over the years!Thank you for your support and here's to 100 more episodes!We deeply appreciate everyone who has written to us, taken time to leave a review or a rating, and tune in on a regular basis! If you want to learn more about gratefulness, we encourage you to listen to this episode of Ologies from last year: Comments? Follow the show on Twitter @Arthro_PodshowFollow the hosts on Twitter @bugmanjon, @JodyBugsmeUNL, and @MSkvarla36Get the show through Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcatching app!Subscribe to our feed on Fee

  • Arthro-Pod EP 99: Spinetingling Tales of Parasitic Flies with Dr. Erica McAlister


    Welcome to our annual spooktacular! We like to try and find a topic every year that will fit the Halloween season and we are honored that Dr. Erica McAlister, senior curator at the Natural History Museum in London, could join us for a recording session. Her book “The Secret Life of Flies” is one of the top sellers in entomology on Amazon and she was the keynote speaker at ESA in 2019. We cover Chapter 9 of her book which is focused on parasitic flies! Tune in for Dipteran appreciation, body horror, and most importantly, bot flies!Show notes: Check out "The Secret Life of Flies" to read along with us for this episode! You can find Erica on twitter @flygirlNHMor read about her work with the NHM hereA horse bot fly by Sturgis McKeever, Georgia Southern University, Questions? Comments? Follow the show on Twitter @Arthro_PodshowFollow the hosts on Twitter @bugmanjon, @JodyBugsmeUNL, and @MSkvarla36Get the show through Apple Podcast, Spoti

  • Arthro-Pod EP 98: Spotted Lanternfly Summer


     This summer, the invasive spotted lanternfly (SLF) was in the news multiple times after being found in Indiana, in a new Ohio location, and in a 4-H insect collection from Kansas. So, the Arthro-Pod gang decided to sit down and talk about this beautiful yet devastating insect. Tune in to learn about the biology and development of SLF, how the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has combated it for the last few years, and the damage to crops and property that can be expected from SLF. A beauty and a beast, SLF impacts numerous crops by sucking the life out of them with its piercing-sucking mouthparts. Photo by Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Show notesUSDA Where is the threat and where to report Up to date maps of SLF infestation:

  • Arthro-Pod EP 97: The Caterpillar that ate 2021 with Dr. Katelyn Kesheimer


    Hello bug lovers! Tune in today to learn all about the fall armyworm outbreak of 2021. Our guest is Dr. Katelyn Kesheimer of Auburn University. Katelyn has dealt with FAW for the majority of the summer and has worked tirelessly to produce extension materials and provide information to growers on how to confront this hungry, hungry caterpillar. We cover how the outbreak started, possible reasons why this year was so bad, and how entomologists work together to provide timely info to their home states!Dr. Kesheimer works on many different kinds of commodities and crops, including hemp!Fall armyworms have an inverted "Y" on their head and four black dots on their rear that form a square. Photo by Jim Kalisch, University of Nebraska. Show notesYou can learn about fall armyworm from the many extension publications dedicated to it online.  htt

  • Arthro-Pod EP 96: Writing about entomology with Eric Eaton


     The arthro-pod team had the pleasure of interviewing Eric Eaton, an author and professional entomologist, who is a true maverick in creating opportunities for himself. Though he holds no degree in entomology, he has established himself a science communicator and entomology expert on several platforms. Find out why pursuing a degree in entomology was a disappointment to him, how he struggled with career identity for several years, the challenges and joys of being a writer, the problem with industry and science, and advice for young people with an interest in entomology.Show notes:Wasps: The Astonishing Diversity of a Misunderstood Insect field guide of insects, Did it First to find Eric on Social Media:Bug Eric Blog:

  • Arthro-Pod EP 95: Napoleon vs Insects Part 6- An interview with Everett Rummage of Age of Napoleon


    Welcome back bug lovers (and Napoleon enthusiasts)! On today's show, we put a cherry on top of our Napoleon vs Insects mini-series by meeting up with Everett Rummage. Everett is the host of "The Age of Napoleon" podcast and and expert that we were keen to chat with. Mike has been eagerly anticipating this day where we get to ask alternate history questions about Napoleon's career and see "what if..." some of the issues the great general had with insects, hadn't occurred. Join us won't you?!Image created using "No but seriously guys, keep working". Reddit, 9 July 2021, Accessed 26 August 2021. Accessed 26 August 2021'---V----. "Napoleon be like". Reddit, 10 June 2021, Accessed 26 August 2021.Visible_Astronaut605. Napoleon be lik

  • Arthro-Pod EP 94: Talking Ants in August


     In this episode we talked about ants!  Just a note, the Arthro-pod team had a pre-chat and practiced gratitude before getting into the ants, so if you want to bypass our personal updates, forward to about the 10-minute mark.   Some of the things we talked about topics like classification of ants, ants and communism, ants as pests, ants as aphid farmers, ants as beneficial insects, keeping ants as pets, the importance of identifying ants, how baiting works, and how to manage the ants thoughtfully and creatively in your urban landscape.  Field ant carrying an asparagus beetle larva away. Photo by Jody Green, Nebraska Extension. Some of the ants we mention include Eastern black carpenter ants, small carpenter ants, acrobat ants, citronella ants, pavement ants, odorous house ants, Argentine ants, fire ants, and the extinct hell ants.  Citronella ants can be a common sight in and around the home. They really do smell like citronella! Photo by Jody

  • Arthro-Pod EP 93: Insects vs. Napoleon Pt. 5 RUSSIA


    In this penultimate episode of Arthro-Pod's 6 part series on the history of insects defeating Napoleon, we travel to Russia! Over the last four episodes, we’ve discussed the French Revolution and Napoleon’s rise to power, the French invasion of Egypt and their encounter with plague, and the Haitian Revolution and crushing defeats the British and French faced due in large part to yellow fever. Now, hear this one on the effects of typhus on Emperor Napoleon's campaigns near Russia and how he was thwarted by bugs and perhaps a little hubris! Napoleon leads his troops during the Battle of Austerlitz, which is often regarded as the finest military victory of his career. "The Battle of Austerlitz, 2nd December 1805", 1810, by François Gérard. Via wikimedia, in the public domain. Napoleon reviews his troops before the Battle of Jena. "Bataille d'Iéna. 14 octobre 1806", 1836, by Jorace Vernet. Via wikimedia, in the public domain.Execution of Spanish resistance by

  • Arthro-Pod Episode 92: Three Hosts in an Arthro-Pod


     Today's episode is a special treat! The Arthro-Pod crew was invited to give an Early Career Professional seminar for the Entomological Society of America and we got to record it as an episode! So, tune in to hear us get interviewed for a slight change of pace, as Dr. Karen Poh of Penn State hosts us. It was a lot of fun and we hope that people are inspired to make their own podcasts or find new ways of contributing to science communication!If you would like to see our previous webinar from the ESA Share Fair on how to start your own podcast here is a YouTube link Comments? Follow the show on Twitter @Arthro_PodshowFollow the hosts on Twitter @bugmanjon, @JodyBugsmeUNL, and @MSkvarla36Get the show through Apple Podcasts!Subscribe to our feed on Feedburner!  We're also on Stitcher!This episode is freely available on and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommon

  • Arthro-Pod EP 91: The Haitian Revolution and Insects Pt. 2


    In this episode, we wrap up the story of the Haitian Revolution. Toussaint Louverture consolidated power in the colony and drafted a new Constitution, in response to which Napoleon sent a massive French to bring Saint-Domingue back under French control. Much like the British before them, the French troops were decimated by yellow fever and so were not strong enough to put down the revolt that broke out when it was discovered that Napoleon planned to reimpose slavery in the colony. We also discuss yellow fever virus, including the disease it causes, how it came to the Americas, and the mosquito that vectors it.Engraving of Toussaint Louverture by J. Barry, published by James Cundee, after M. Rainsford line engraving, published circa 1800-1825. Via  the National Portrait Gallery (NPG D15719), used under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license. Portrait of General Gabriel-Marie-Théodore-Joseph, comte d'Hédouville by Jean-Baptiste Paulin Guérin (1835). Via wikimedia, in the public domain. Sketch of General

  • Arthro-Pod EP 90: Meet Dr. Ana Maria Velez Arango!


     Jody interviewed Dr. Ana Maria Velez Arango, who is a small but mighty assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ana discusses her background, growing up as a young naturalist in Colombia and her journey as an undergraduate in majoring into biology to becoming known for her work in molecular biology, insect toxicology, insecticide resistance, RNAi technology and how it relates to insect behavior, physiology, and population genetics. Aside from many professional endeavors, Ana is an advocate for students, women scientists, mental health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, professional development for early career professionals, and rescue dogs. Dr. Ana Velez and her dogs, Berdie and PeepersImages to accompany the time when Ana felt like a Mad Scientist when she knocked down one gene to turn western corn rootworm larvae into hunchbacksShow Notes The Velez Arango Lab Dr. Ana Maria Velez&nbs

  • Arthro-Pod EP 89: The Haitian Revolution (Part 3 of the Napoleon vs Insects Series)


     In this episode we discuss the stress factors in the French sugar colony of Saint-Domingue that led to the Haitian revolution, including slavery and the racial apartheid system; how the Haitian revolution was intertwined with and influenced by the French Revolution; the decimation of British troops by yellow fever and the failed British invasion of Saint-Domingue; and the rise of Toussaint Louverture, whose actions would provoke Napoleon into invading Saint-Domingue.The island of Hispaniola is dominated by tall, east-west running mountains.Map of the provinces of French Saint-Dominuge, showing the relative locations of the North, West, and South."Napoleon Bonaparte in the coup d'état of 18 Brumaire in Saint-Cloud" by François Bouchot"Mortals are equal, it is not birth, but virtue alone that makes the difference". There was an abolotionist movement among the French aristocracy prior to the French and Haitian Revolutions, as illustrated by this illustration."Burning of the Plaine du Cap - Massacre of whit

  • Arthro-Pod EP 88: Periodical cicada BROOD X Quiz Bowl!


     The Arthro-Pod crew is super excited about the emergence of the periodical cicadas known as Brood X this year! To celebrate Jody created a quiz competition for Mike and Jonathan to face off through! The questions can be found on Kahoot if you would like to give it a shot! Just look for the Periodical Cicada Quiz with 26 questions. Tune in to learn about the cicadas coming out this year and get excited to go find them!The cicadas are here! Photo by Daniel Herms, The Ohio State University, Show notesPeriodical Cicadas the Brood X Edition by Gene KritskyCheck out this Scientific American article that talks about the important contributions of Margaretta Hare Morris to our understanding of cicadasThe University of Connecticut houses a lot of great info on the distribution of cicadaso Cicada Mania is a resource everyone should check out if they are interested in these awesome creatures. In particular look at their pages on cic

  • Arthro-Pod EP 87: Napoleon versus Insects Part 2


     Hello everyone and welcome back to Arthro-Pod! On today's show, we enter Egypt in part two of our four part series on the history of insects messing with Napoleon. This one has it all, imperialism, plague, war, and intriguing ideas on the origins of issues with the Black Death. Tune in to learn more!Map of Ottoman Egypt and Syria, showing cities where major events happened during the French Invasion. From The Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd (1926).  Via wikimedia, in the public domain. The Battle of the Pyramids (1808) by Louis-François Lejeune, who was a French general, painter, and lithographer. While Lejeune was not present at the battle and the painting is stylized, his military training informs many aspects of the piece, including the accurate depiction of the French square and the far distance to the pyramids, which were often made to appear much closer by other painters. Via wikimedia, in the public domain.Battle of the Nile, Augt 1st 1798, by Thomas Whitcombe,  published

  • Arthro-Pod EP 86: Conserving the American Burying Beetle with Dr. Carmen Greenwood


     Hello bug lovers! Today we're happy to welcome Dr. Carmen Greenwood of SUNY Cobleskill to the show. Dr. Greenwood recently received funding to help reintroduce the American burying beetle to New York state and this is a very exciting development in the conservation of this amazing insect. Tune in to learn about the history of the American burying beetle, its unique biology, and what steps are involved in a conservation project like this!Show NotesPress release on the grant: American burying beetle info: Comments? Follow the show on Twitter @Arthro_PodshowFollow the hosts on Twitter @bugmanjon, @JodyBugsmeUNL, and @MSkvarla36Get the show through Apple Podcasts!Subscribe to our feed on Feedburner!  We're also on Stitcher!This

  • Arthro-Pod EP 85: Napoleon versus Insects Part 1


     Hello bug lovers! Today is the first part in a multi-part series that will focus on the history of Napoleon Bonaparte and his very special interactions with insects and the pathogens they may harbor. This is a labor of love from host Michael Skvarla and this first episode is a prelude of sorts. Tune in to learn about the context in which Napoleon ascends to power, thus being informed for the future episodes that will have more entomology flavor to them. Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1792,  aged 23, as lieutenant-colonel of a battalion of Corsican Republican volunteers, by Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux.Show notes and imagesJames Gillray's policital cartoons helped cement the image of Napoleon as a short, angry man in the public imagination. Shown here is "Maniac-raving's-or-Little Boney in a strong fit", which is characteristic of Gillray's depictions of Napoleon.Portrait of King Louis XVI by Antoine-François Callet.The regional Parlements in 1789. Note the extreme differences in

  • Arthro-Pod EP 84: Pollinator Health with Judy Wu-Smart


     Hello bug lovers! Join us today as we meet up with Dr. Judy Wu-Smart of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to talk about her work with pollinator health. Dr. Wu-Smart runs the Bee Lab at UNL and is focused on mitigating stresses on honey bee hives and developing practical advice for beekeepers to use. She's also been in the news lately and we'll talk all about that experience. Tune in!Show Notes:UNL Bee Lab: Plains Anywhere Lecture Wu-Smart: UNL Directory: @hapbeeladyTwitter: @JudyWuSmart1 Article:

  • Arthro-Pod EP 83: My Pheromones Bring all the Bugs to the Yard


     Hello bug lovers! On today's episode of Arthro-Pod the crew reunites after taking a small sabbatical and they are excited to bring you more entomology podcast fun. This episode focuses on pheromones in insects. Pheromones play an important role in the success of many different species of insect. We cover the basics of why insects use them, what the various kinds are, and how we have adapted these chemical cues to our own pest control ends. Tune in!Image courtesy of: Notes systems in insectsRecent work done at Penn State by former PhD student Anjel Helms Comments? Follow the show on Twitter @Arthro_PodshowFollow the hos

  • Arthro-Pod EP 82: Forest Entomology with Dr. Jess Hartshorn


     Today we talk with Dr. Jess Hartshorn of Clemson University. We dive into her research on forest health, including how invasive callery pear may be affecting arthropod communities, as well as what it's like to be a woman in a male-dominated field and her efforts to promote equality through Feminist Forester. Tune in to hear about this and more on this episode of Arthro-Pod!Show NotesJess is promoting the North American Forest Insect Work Conference which is being held virtually May 25-28, 2021. Here is the site: can find her lab at Comments? Follow the show on Twitter @Arthro_PodshowFollow the hosts on Twitter @bugmanjon, @JodyBugsmeUNL, and @MSkvarla36Get the show through Apple Podcasts!Subscribe to our feed on Feedburner!  We're also on Stitcher!This episode is freely available on and is licensed under Creative Com

  • Arthro-Pod EP 81- Dr. Harold Harlan and the Modern Bed Bug Resurgence


     Tune in today as Dr. Jody Green, of the Arthro-Pod gang, sits down to interview living legend, Dr. Harold Harlan. They discuss Dr. Harlan's career as an entomologist as well as the history of his infamous bed bug colony. Plus, they dive in to the history of the modern bed bug resurgence. All that and more on Arthro-Pod!Drs. Green and Harlan at the Entomological Society of America 2019 meetingShow Notes-Possible reasons for resurgence include: o   Increase in international travel o   Changes in pest management o   Insecticide resistance mechanisms o   Lack of reaction to bed bugs o   Adaptation of bed bugs to alternative hosts o   Bed bugs and poultry farms o   Ability of bed bugs to go months without a blood meal o   High density housing and high turnover   Resources:   Book: Monograph of Cimicidae Usinger 1966 (pdf)

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