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
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
John Gibbons and Brian Ireley of the Office of Communications and External Affairs are visiting with scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Get a sneak peek at the interesting science stories you can expect to see when they return. Continue reading New video series will feature Tropical Research Institute scientists
Gary Hevel, a museum specialist at the National Museum of Natural History, examines a specimen tray of tropical long-horned beetles. These iridescent beetles, native to South America, represent only a small fraction of the more than 35 million specimens of insects in the Smithsonian’s entomology collection. Photo by John Gibbons
The mid-Atlantic region of the United States is suffering an almost biblical plague of stinkbugs seeking refuge in homes and offices. Entomologist Gary Hevel explains where they come from and what you can do about them in the video after the jump. Continue reading What’s shield-shaped and stinky and OMG all over my house?