Pokemon Go’s bug-catching origins

This is one of those things that I never knew, but seems obvious in hindsight. The creator of Pokemon, Satoshi Tajiri, was an avid collector of bugs when he was a kid. Like many children, he would seek out and capture specific bugs and make them fight one another. This would eventually become the inspiration … Read morePokemon Go’s bug-catching origins

Giant bee swarm in UK

Take a look at this video of a huge swarm of honeybees descending on a suburban home in the UK. I have to admit, it looks pretty scary. But honeybees, even in large numbers like this, are remarkably unaggressive. When a colony gets too large, a new queen will leave and take a large number … Read moreGiant bee swarm in UK

Bedbugs in libraries

Check out this story from Missouri. Bedbugs have been found in the public library there, and it’s not the first time. Honestly, this does happen, here in Vancouver and across the world. Bedbugs are a global problem, and this is one of the ways in which they spread. They can’t survive for long outside of human … Read moreBedbugs in libraries

How many bugs live in your house?

Ok, I don’t want to freak anyone out. But none of us live in truly bug free homes. As this article shows, the average home has around 100 different species of bugs in it at any one time. Note: that’s 100 different species, not one hundred actual bugs. There are, I’m sorry to say, hundreds … Read moreHow many bugs live in your house?

Bugs for dinner!

A lot of people are squeamish about bugs in general, and the thought of actually eating them seems downright horrifying. I’ll admit, I’m one of those people. That’s not to say I haven’t tried, though. I once ate a BBQ-flavoured mealworm. It was….ok. Not terrible, but not something I’d recommend, either. But as this story … Read moreBugs for dinner!

Wasp attack!

I love stories like this one. Scientists in Australia are working on using three specific species of parasitic wasps to control aphids that are having a devastating effect on potato crops. To us in Vancouver, wasps are a summertime nuisance. But there are many species of wasps around the world, most of which have little … Read moreWasp attack!

Vancouver Bug Zoo

I think this is such a cool idea. I remember the Victoria bug zoo, and I hope that Vancouver gets one of its own. It’s important to educate people about insects, arachnids and other bugs. So many bugs are not only not harmful, but actually beneficial to humans. And some are just really fascinating. Of … Read moreVancouver Bug Zoo

The perils of DIY pest control

This sad story is an illustration of what can happen when people don’t read warning labels. A man in Austria was attempting to use ethanol as an insect repellent when it ignited, severely burning his wife. I’ve never heard of alcohol being used as an insect repellent, but it doesn’t surprise me. I have heard … Read moreThe perils of DIY pest control

The lies wasps tell…

Did you know that wasps physically punish each other if they are caught lying? Nor did I, until I read this article. Apparently, wasps that try to make themselves appear to be better fighters than they actually are will face increased aggression from other wasps. No matter how much we think we know about common … Read moreThe lies wasps tell…

Bedbugs at City Hall

Poor New York. If bedbugs had a global headquarters, I’d put my money on it being in New York. Every city in the world has a problem with bedbugs, including Vancouver. But New York’s bedbugs are something else. As you can see from this story, they’ve infiltrated the highest reaches of the City. It goes … Read moreBedbugs at City Hall