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What's Bugging You For May 21, 2019

Dr. Beverly Burden, answers your questions
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Dr. Beverely Burden answers your questions

Airs Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist, joined Bill Beckett to discuss our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. We'll talk about what's new in the insect world and we'll took forward to your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You" at 800-552-8502.

This granary weevil has set up shop inside a kernel. Even without wings, these stealthy stowaways — with the help of humans — have managed to infest grains all over the world for thousands of years. Biophoto Associates/Getty Images/Science Source
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This granary weevil has set up shop inside a kernel. Even without wings, these stealthy stowaways — with the help of humans — have managed to infest grains all over the world for thousands of years. Biophoto Associates/Getty Images/Science Source

Meet The Granary Weevil, The Pantry Monster Of Our Own Creation

If you store grains in your pantry, you've probably had the unfortunate experience of opening a package or jar to find tiny bugs living inside. You're not alone — there are more than 200 species of these pesky grain insects ruining dinner plans around the world on a daily basis. (more).

Spiney orb weaver, Gastracantha canciformis spider
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Spiney orb weaver, Gastracantha canciformis spider

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Click beetles, elateridae - Common name - eyed elator - Alaus oculatus - IMG_3611  by Paul Gaiennie
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Click beetles, elateridae - Common name - eyed elator - Alaus oculatus

Reduviidae - Image by Ross Foote
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Reduviidae

Fishfly - Shana Smith
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Fishfly

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly - Image by Bill Beckett
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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Dr. Beverly J Burden is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at LSU Shreveport and our resident gust expert for our occasional series What's Bugging You. Contact her at beverly.burden@lsus.edu