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This cool video lets you peek inside a spider's head... and learn how they work their eyes. 
A new video lets you see inside a spider's head.
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UGH. Thanks for letting me know about the links. Wired.com is having some issues again.
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OMG. I want one of these so badly.  More info here: http://www.coolthings.com/remote-controlled-caterpillars/
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+Bug Gwen it does not surprise me that you want one. Post a video if you get one.
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Celebrate Earth Day with the Dung Beetle! #EarthDayDoodle #DoYourDoody
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These bees live in snail shells. Your argument is invalid. 
Osmia bicolor is one of the first bees of spring, emerging as early as February in their native range of South England and Wales. As solitary bees, there are no queens and workers; females build their nests alone. Males emerge, mate, and then die. What makes these little bees so captivating is where they make their nests. They repurpose empty snail shells, belonging to a small group of bees known as "helicophiles" (snail-lovers). As a single ...
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If I am translating this correctly, the main reason the National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) is closing is...air conditioning bills. Which, in Costa Rica, you need to keep your specimens from immediately turning fungal. This is really sad.  (edited to add: this dates from 2013; will see if I can get an update.)
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Thanks for the update Christian!
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Lets say you are the first woman to head your professional society, a distinguished prof, and appointed to an international post. Here's your headline: GRANDMOTHER.   #sexism  
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sigh .... we've come such a long way, yet we've still so far to go.

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This just....I can't. 2 months ago I was standing next to this lovely young woman, talking science education, and cooing over her baby. Now she's gone. 

Donations to help pay her medical bills here; We should not have to have an 'effing collection drive to pay for the medical care of a state employee, but that's a discussion for another day.
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I agree with you completely about the sad state of affairs regarding medical care. I remember when many state employees here in NC mailed their children's applications for Medicare from in front of the General Assembly building. Helen was there. (https://twitter.com/helenchappell/status/402978125623357440)

The local context that makes this even sadder is that the museum where Helen worked was across the street from the General Assembly building where the politicians have to walk past it every day.
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Hmpf. This Beehive doesn't have any bees or honey. Just Shakespeare. #Disappointment   #bees  
Shakespeare’s birthday week begins with a bang: two New York booksellers, George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler, announced that they have found Shakespeare's dictionary. In their new book, Shakespea...
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Looks like there are bees on the title page there.
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Do you work at or with a field research station anywhere in the world? Do they have cool programs? Nominate them!
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I don't know why Ikea has beetle fabric, but I approve. 
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I thought about it but I was looking for a light spring/fall weight comforter not another thick winter one. (Yes, NH is cold but with a heated mattress pad it isn't cold enough for TWO thick winter-weight comforters.)
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Entomologist, blogger, nerd, insect freak
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Insect Punditry, Entomology
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  • Get Your Nature Geek On
    Thinkomancer, 2010 - present
    I run a small company with a focus on building websites for scientists and nature centers. http://naturegeek.me
  • Wired.com
    Bugologist, 2013 - present
    I write stuff about insects.
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Gwen Pearson, Bug Girl, Bug G. Membracid
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Entomologist. Educator. Writer. Nerd.
Introduction

Bug is the pseudonym of entomologist Gwen Pearson. She wrote online for many years under this name, since as a state employee her ability to rant, rave, and discuss insects using her real name was limited.

Gwen specializes in helping nature centers and scientists with online communication, and is available for consulting on web design, social media stragegy, and general pontification. She also is a writer for Wired.

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Blogging about bugs since before you were born. I write for Wired!
Education
  • Uniramia University
    Entomology
  • Homoptera High School