Posts Tagged: insects

Additional PR-Friendlier Edible-Insect Renames

Because if cicadas are "the shrimp of the land," maybe…

Scorpions: Sundried lobsterettes Tarantulas: Silk crabs Crickets: Grass cracklins Ants: Hill seeds Worms: Earth-angel hair pasta Centipedes: Fringed hot dogs Termites: Savory sprinkles Bee larva: Shadow omelettes Pupa: Underground veal Cockroaches: Sunless chicken Fly: Pre-plucked micro quail

Aaand I have made myself sick.

Elsewhere: Radiolab's Cicada Tracker.


Sleep Tight, Don't Not Let the Bed Bugs Bite

"Bed bugs do not transmit disease or cause illness — but the insecticides used to kill them do… Most cases of poisoning were not severe, but the data included one death." —Bed bugs: Can't live with them, can't live without them. Literally.


Named a Bug After You Because I Love You

Maybe she wants you to take her to the zoo on Valentine's Day and point to one special hissing cockroach, out of many thousands of roaches, and tell her, "See that roach? The ugliest one? Her name is Jennifer too, just like you!"

For $10, you can name one of the Bronx Zoo's roaches. The donation goes the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Naming a roach in honor of someone near and dear to your heart shows that you've noticed how resilient, resourceful, and loyal that person is

Or how loyal she was, before you did this horrible thing to her and ruined the most romantic day of the year.


A Surprisingly Interesting Longread About Ticks

Ticks are everywhere, and they all have Lyme disease, and there's probably one on you right now, and we once pulled over a hundred out of our dog after a single day in the woods of West Windsor, NJ, and once I was in the shower and reached back and found something on my back and thought I had a tumor but it turned out to be a super-fat tick that had been there for a whole day so now everytime I have an inexplicable ache I assume I have Lyme disease:

The larva is a wisp of an animal about the size of a grain of salt, hatched [...]


The Bugnado

Mysterious vortices of small flying things have been undulating through the air along the Missouri River recently. Fairies?



Pheromones Perhaps Baloney

The world is slightly collapsing all around us, since a day after evil arsenic was found to support a life form, a scientist has come out saying that we do not, after all, have unsmellable scents aka pheromones that allow us to inadvertently find our soulmates. "Mammals," says Richard Doty of Penn State School of Medicine, "unlike insects, do not give off chemical signals that other mammals can then pick up."

The concept of pheromones has been around since the 1950s, but Doty says it is an "oversimplification of how chemicals work in the environment and how animals are affected by them." He makes pheromones sound [...]


The Devil's Coach Horse, or A Weekend in Bordeaux

One day, back in the late 1980s, some friends of mine in London decided to do me a favor and fix me up with an almost famous British author who was coming to “write” in Paris for a while. They thought it was time I dated someone with more to offer than the dinner check or Chlamydia. Yes, my last beau had been a broke photographer who’d given me Chlamydia (hey, it happens to the best of us), and immediately previous to him I’d dated a strange man (I still don’t know exactly what his profession was) who’d declared me “an angel” in a café — an unfortunate misreading of [...]


Make Your Own Pleasant-Smelling Natural Insect Repellent

When it comes to something like quitting shampoo, reducing the amount of synthetic chemicals that touch your skin is a bonus, but it’s not essential; you’re probably not going to hurt yourself by washing your hair. Bug spray, though, is a different story. Of course using it once in a while probably isn’t a huge deal, but it is literally poison designed to literally kill things. If you would prefer not to coat yourself with a substance that, according to Wikipedia, “may dissolve some plastics, rayon, spandex … or varnished surfaces including nail polish,” here are some natural insect repellents you can make yourself.