What's Bugging You?
Dr. Art Evans and Steve Clark talk about the
animals we love to hate.
Of Booger Beetles and Fecal Shields
Sometimes topics for VPM’s “What’s Bugging You?” radio show were inspired by comments and suggestions from listeners. Case in point, a neighbor of Entomologist Dr. Art Evans shared a photo of a strange looking beetle resembling a crusty bit of mucus. Learn more about the unusual defense strategies employed by the clavate tortoise beetle, Plagiometriona clavata (Fabricius) with Dr. Evans and VPM radio producer Steve Clark.
“What’s Bugging You?” Returns as a New Animated Series
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and radio producer Steve Clark, co-hosts of VPM’s popular and long running radio program What’s Bugging You?, have joined forces once again. Their engaging, wide-ranging, and humorous explorations into the world of insects and entomology are presented now for the first time on screen as a new animated series.
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What's Bugging You? Animation Series Team
Entomologist Arthur V. Evans is an author, educator, lecturer, photographer, and radio broadcaster. He attended the University of Pretoria, South Africa where he earned his doctoral degree (1988) in entomology. A longtime Research Associate at Virginia Natural History Museum and appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2016. He teaches courses in entomology as an adjunct assistant professor at Randolph-Macon College and the University of Richmond. From 2010 to 2019, Art co-hosted a popular weekly radio segment, What’s Bugging You?, with VPM Radio producer Steve Clark. Evans has published more than 40 scientific papers on the systematics, biology and identification of scarab beetles, and over 100 popular articles and books on insects and spiders including National Wildlife Foundation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America (2007, Sterling Press), What’s Bugging You? A fond look at animals we love to hate (2008, University of Virginia Press), Beetles of Eastern North America (2014, Princeton University Press), and National Geographic Backyard Guide to Insects & Spiders of North America (2017, National Geographic Books). His latest book, Beetles of Western North America (2021, Princeton University Press) was released in August.
Steve Clark is a 40 year veteran of Richmond radio and is the former VPM Radio producer of “What’s Bugging You.” Other producer credits include “The Sound of Swing,” “The Richmond Folk Festival,” “Encore” and an award winning series of weekly radio broadcasts logged during his 1990 through-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Steve lives in Richmond’s Fulton Hill neighborhood with an amusing whippet named Jack.
David Vinson is a video producer, designer and animator who has specialized in science communication since working for mycobacteriologists in Vancouver, WA. Since then, he’s been a contributing producer to ACS Reactions, produced the YouTube series Speaking of Chemistry, and contributed graphics to VPM’s Cooking Up Science with Miss America.
Paul Tait Roberts is an independent filmmaker in the United States. He has directed or worked on seventeen PBS documentaries since 1999. Most of these programs have been distributed nationally in the U.S. and two have garnered an international audience. His credits include Hollywood, Richmond's Garden Cemetery, Liberty or Death, and Bombs Away. He also directed The Sailor Bob Story, Out of Order, The Kennedy Half Century, Feeling Good About America, and Charlottesville each of which won a Capitol region Emmy in the documentary category.
Debbie Mickle is VPM’s Director of Science Matters, an educational initiative that uses the power of media to inspire our community to value science and understand its importance to our future. With over 40 years of experience in education in both science and the arts for K-12, college students and adults, she creates multimedia content and programs that fuel curiosity for learners of all ages. Creating content at the intersection of art and science is one of her special interests. And “Wow! I didn’t know that” is one of her favorite phrases to hear when introducing people to something new and fascinating in the world of science.
About What's Bugging You?
Dr. Art Evans teams up with VPM Radio producer Steve Clark for the feature, “What’s Bugging You?” The program takes its name from another of Evans’ books “What’s Bugging You – A Fond Look at the Animals We Love to Hate.” Evans is a Research Associate at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.