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June Beetle Boogie

Because I’m an Entomology graduate student, meeting people is often like this:

Me: Hi, my name is Emily.
New friend:
Hi Emily, what do you do?
Me: I study insects.
New friend: OMG, that’s so cool. So, I have these ____ on my _____  . Do you know what they are?**

(**I just realized doctors probably have similar conversations, but the blanks are filled with stuff I can’t fathom.)

These interactions usually leave me feeling like an imposter, because there are too many insects in the world, too many in our backyards even, to know them all. Plus, observation is the step of science I’m not […]

By | October 27th, 2014|Nature in Your Backyard, Urban Ecology, Video|1 Comment

Buttercup Oil Beetle Goes on Odyssey, Lands in My Apartment

I saw a weird beetle bumbling across the carpet in my bedroom the other day. As entomologists do, I scooped in a jar, popped it in the freezer, and forgot about it until my spouse reminded me that beetles are not food (In much of the world, beetles are food, but it didn’t feel like the moment to bring that up.) So I brought the beetle to school, pinned it, and left it on the lab bench. I totally forgot about the beetle until a friend of mine sent me a photo of the exact same beetle, wondering what it […]

Why your local fungus farmer might not be your friend

My fiancé Joe and I planted a mushroom garden last year, which is to say, we drilled hundreds of holes in logs, hammered spore plugs in the holes, and waited. I can’t speak for Joe, but I visited the logs every morning, excited for them to sprout. Sometimes I daydreamed about pastas and salads. But after four months, when it should have been producing mushrooms for weeks, our garden was a barren, woody wastelands, and we gave up (queue Charlie Brown theme song).

Lots of people grow mushrooms. All are better at it than I am. But fungus farming is […]