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Bug Podcasts

Last updated 8 months ago

Listen to the bug podcasts below, then check out our other podcasts in the One Species at a Time series.

  • Branch-tip Spiders

    Audio of Dictyna

    The hills near Missoula, Montana, are changing, native grasses and other plants increasingly squeezed out by nonnative plants. Knapweed, cinquefoil, and other weeds aren’t only changing the look of this ecosystem but its very structure. As ecologist Dean Pearson’s research has shown, however, some species are benefitting from the changed habitat in unexpected ways. You just have to look closely to see them.

  • E.O. Wilson

    Audio of Solenopsis invicta and 1 other taxon

    Renowned evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson has spent his long career cracking the code of ants. It’s the ants’ ability to communicate and form tight-knit societies that lies behind their extraordinary evolutionary success. Ari Daniel Shapiro visits Wilson in his office at Harvard to learn the nature of the ants’ special language—and what’s in an ant’s name.

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    One Species at a Time Podcast: Beetles and Moths

    Video of Nebria brevicollis and 2 other taxa

    How much trouble can an unassuming black beetle no bigger than your fingernail be? Plenty, as we learn in this episode of One Species at a Time.

  • Red-Shouldered Soapberry Bug

    Audio of Jadera haematoloma

    In the lab at American University in Washington, DC, evolutionary biologist David Angelini and graduate student Stacey Baker are studying a snazzy red-and-black insect called the red-shouldered soapberry bug. These tiny insects with the big name are speedy and hard to catch—and speedy in other ways, too,

  • Insects of Costa Rica

    Audio of Insecta

    In this episode, EOL education director Marie Studer journeys to Costa Rica to experience firsthand the astonishing variety of insect life in this tiny Central American nation—20,000 different kinds of butterflies and moths alone!

  • Midas Fly

    Audio of Eremomidas arabicus

    Cresting a red sand dune, you come upon an unexpected sight in the desert: a shimmering expanse of fresh water. This oasis is no mirage, but a lake accidentally created by waste water from a desalination plant serving the growing city of Al Ain. The lake has brought change to the creatures, like the mydas fly, that are adapted to life in this stark and beautiful landscape. Ari Daniel Shapiro reports this cautionary tale from the United Arab Emirates.

  • Head Lice

    Audio of Pediculus humanus capitis

    This podcast is guaranteed to make your scalp crawl—but don’t worry, it’s most likely all in your head, and not on it. We’ll visit entomologist Richard Pollack to learn about an insect that’s the bane of parents and school principals everywhere—or is it?