Friday, January 19, 2018

.......THE TOGO STARBURST TARANTULA....

The Togo Starburst Tarantula, whose venom is being used to treat a rare form of epilepsy. Photo: Bastian Rast



Many insects and vipers are used to make medicines.  Can you name some and the afflictions for which they are treatments?

Tarantulas are hairy spiders and very interesting some people (brave!) keep them as pets. National Geographic Kids has an excellent article with a good picture.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

TED TALK ON EATING AND GROWING INSECTS

Your interest in bugs should introduce you the widespread use of bugs as food - entomophagy. Below is a link to Kevin Bachhuber's TED Talk about how he got into the business of growing crickets for food. 
 https://youtu.be/tq52cQ4R_20?t=16s

If you are interested in trying to eat some bugs, they are available for sale at edibleinsects.com/. This site will lead you to other sites that explain the importance of bugs as a food source.





Friday, December 22, 2017

WATCH THIS SMITHSONIAN VIDEO ON HOW BUGS ADAPT



Ever wonder how so many bugs appear to be so weird looking? Watch the video to see how science explains it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz4ODmqbnQA&list=PLDO7YrQpg54T2wPC_i8JD0hMqvpcNsqAg&index=21