Articles by: Brenna Shea

Notes from the Lab: Valentine’s Flies

Regardless of whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or end up boycotting the entire first half of February, chances are, you’ve consumed chocolate in some form or another these past couple […]

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Notes from the Lab: Woolly Bear Folklore

Insect-inspired folklore is rampant throughout human history; from the ancient Egyptians, who believed bees were the sacred tears of the sun god, Ra, to the many cultures who revered the praying […]

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Notes from the Lab: Forensic Entomology

It’s no secret that certain insects have long been associated with death and decay. Flies and their offspring, carrion beetles; they are the masters of decomposition, responsible for the rather […]

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Notes from the Lab: Mad Honey

Humans and honey have a long historical association. Beekeeping emerged in ancient Egypt nearly 10,000 years ago, but evidence of wild honey collection dates even further. For nearly 15,000 years, humans […]

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Notes from the Lab: Mountain Pine Beetle

Mountain pine beetles have a nasty reputation in the Intermountain West. Many Montanans are familiar with the term “beetle kill,” and have witnessed the damage a beetle infestation can cause. […]

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Notes from the Lab: The One True ‘Pede

Welcome back to the Lab! Millipedes are some of the oldest creatures on earth and are well known for being the leggiest. They hauled themselves forth from the primordial ooze […]

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Notes from the Lab: Bees at Play

Play is usually identified as a uniquely mammalian trait. We recognize it in our pets, in non-human primates, and even wild animals. But we don’t often recognize it in non-mammalian […]

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Notes from the Lab: Do Insects Dream?

With as busy as we’ve been around MBHI, combined with the onset of the holiday season, I anticipate spending most of my Friday catching up on precious, precious sleep. Sleep […]

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