April 2, 1860. Secretary Joseph Henry issues a call to entomologists to help him complete a catalog of North American insects that had been bugging him. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: April 2, 1860
Torch writer John Barrat is not afraid to ask world expert Richard Robbins what he knows about these blood-sucking arachnids. (Warning: Contains graphic descriptions of tick sex.) Continue reading Everything you ever wanted to know about ticks, but were afraid to ask.
As part of the ongoing celebration of the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative, Eric Liu—an intern at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History—combined art with science to create unique portraits of some of the museum’s noted female scientists, past and present. Liu blended images of the scientists with nature photography to show the women… Continue reading Smithsonian Voices: The Leading Ladies of Science
A self-taught illustrator, Vichai Milikul has been creating meticulous scientific drawings of the minutiae of mosquitoes and other insects for more than 50 years. Continue reading Drawing on a half-century’s experience
From Ella Fitzgerald and Radiohead to artistic cats and flesh-rending vultures, we went from the ridiculous to the sublime and back again this week. Continue reading ICYMI: Highlights from the week that was April 23 – April 29, 2017
New research shows clear evidence that beetle mommies are very protective of their little larval bundles of joy. Continue reading Beetle moms show clear maternal instincts
And you thought you were a picky eater. Continue reading Fungal fidelity: Some ants have been eating the same meal for 5 million years!
The ambitious Encyclopedia of Life project aims to document every known species on Earth. We’re well on our way. Continue reading The Encyclopedia of Life reaches historic milestone with the Smithsonian’s help
April 2, 1860: Secretary Joseph Henry issues circular to entomologists asking for help in collecting specimens for the new national museum. Continue reading April 2, 1860
A local blogger has dug up the story of a one-time SI entomologist who was truly a little “buggy.” Continue reading Hidden tunnels, bugs and bigamy: A strange and true D.C. story