Dr. Art Evans is an entomologist, author, photographer, and lecturer. His most recent books include “What’s Bugging You? A fond look at the animals we love to hate” (2008, University of Virginia Press) and the  “National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America” (2007, Sterling). He is currently consumed by the Virginia Beetle Project, an ongoing inventory of the more than 5,000 species found in the state.

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  1. I wish you the very best of success with this new cyber-venture! I’m glad to call you a friend and colleague, and will be happy to steer everyone to your blog. Keep up the great work!

  2. Laura Garrett Says:

    Dr. Evans,

    I’m a Richmond VA artist fooling around with entomology- I use insect specimens in my work. Have enjoyed your column in the RTD for years.

    I have a quantity of luna moth eggs that I collected about 3 days ago, I was going to try and raise them and release them(did this last year w/polyphemus moths).

    I would love to participate in a research project/make observations, or whatever I could do with these little guys when they hatch. I just don’t know where to turn. I would design a project but I don’t know what to do.

    Any thoughts? Any help would be appreciated. If you get the message you could email me- thank you so much.


    I took my friends’ kids to a bug fair and they went absolutely bonkers. So, of course, they have a pet hissing cockroach that has been named Lola and every time I go over, I have to bring something interesting – spider, cricket, lizard, etc. I’ve created bug monsters!

  4. […] one stood its ground, facing toward me, extending and waving its legs in my direction. According to Arthur Evans, author of  the National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders, the black legs […]

  5. […] Arthur Evans presents a more detailed account of these fascinating little guys in “Belly Up to the Gravel Bar for Toad Bugs.” […]

  6. Dr. Evans,
    I have a question for you (and/or your readers). I was sitting at home recently and I felt a little sting on the back of my neck. I reach up and felt something. In my giant fingers I found this little guy. He was about 1/2 inch long and I can’t seem to figure out what he/she was. Can you help?

    Here’s a picture I took while he was (unfortunately) taking his last breaths or life:


    • Arthur Evans Says:

      Thanks for your note. It is a checkered beetle, Cymatodera undulata. They are attracted to lights and prey on bark beetles and other wood boring insects. They don’t sting, but when threatened will bite. They are not venomous, nor do they pose any other threats to humans.

      • Dr. Evans,
        Thank you so much for the information. I certainly appreciate the information. My friends and family will be excited to know that I’ve now been bitten by the fearsome Cymatodera undulata!
        🙂 Cheers!

  7. Joshua Jensen Says:

    There are madagascar hissing roaches on craigslist. I figured you would like to know. I didnt know if they would affect the food chain if released into the wild.


    • Arthur Evans Says:

      Hissing cockroaches have been on the market in this country, legally and otherwise, for many years. Yet, to my knowledge, they have never become established in the wild.

      “Dr. Art Evans, entomologist” is on Facebook.

  8. Michael Diemer Says:

    Dr Evans, I have a rather unusual request. We get these plant bugs in the Fall. They hang around on the side of the house well into December. Occasionally they get in the house. I don’t mind them, they’re not destructive as far as I know. In fact, I rather like them, they’re kind of cute. One has been living near the door in a landing between stories. I’ve kind of adopted him, being careful not to step on him. Sometimes he’s in a plant, sometimes on a wall. sometimes he disappears for awhile, and I figure he died, but then he reappears. He’s small, brown and moves very slowly. I have no idea what he eats, and I worry he’s starving to death. I would like to feed him. Outside, we have rhododendrons, pine trees, ferns, and various weeds and flowers. I figure he eats one of these, or possibly he is predatory, but he moves so slowly I don’t see how he could catch anything. I have tried to identify him but no luck. I could try to upload a picture if you are interersted.

    thanks, Mike in Maine

  9. I have found a dozen fall female cankerworms in my house or around the door. I caught one laying eggs indoors! What should I do?!?id appreciate your help. I have. 5 month old daughter and am freaking out!

  10. Penny Thompson Says:

    Hi. I enjoy reading your articles. I’ve always had a fascination with insects especially beetles. I use your blogs to help identify what my kids and I find. However, tonight I found one I can’t ID because it seems something got ahold of it’s wings. I would love to send you a pic if you’re interested. Thanks!

  11. Hunter Allen Says:

    Hey so I found this weird spider and I took a picture. I was wondering how I could share it so you could help me identify it?

  12. Jim Tyler Says:

    Dr Evans,
    Very much enjoy hearing you on NPR . And of course you came to mind when a friend sent me a picture of green spider he found on his car this morning down at Ft Lee. I don’t see one here but is there an email address I can send the pix too? I’m sure u can identify it.

  13. Wes Marshall Says:

    Dr. Evans:

    I love your show. I took a pic today of a really cool moth in Tappahannock today and would like to send it to you. Can I contact you by email?

  14. David Anderton Says:

    Yellow and black striped caterpillar with black head eating my blueberry. They strike a defensive posture by curling back as a group and exposing their “claws”. Any ideas? I have a photo but can’t figure out how to attach it.

  15. We found this large beetle on the Byrd Park tennis courts last night, but the only similar beetle we found is the Western Hercules which is supposedly mainly in the western US. Could this be it? Thanks!

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