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May 18-23, 2015

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The southern chinch bug is Florida’s No. 1 turf pest.

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News & Events

Keep up with #UFBugs and the buzz nationwide

May 18-23, 2015
UF BugWeek 2015

May 23, 2015
Scavenger Hunts

June 16-18, 2015
Conference on Laurel Wilt Disease and Natural Ecosystems

July 18-26, 2015
National Moth Week (U.S.)

March 2016
2016 UF Bee College

March 14, 2016
Learn About Butterflies Day

April 2016
National Pest Management Month (U.S.)

June 20-26, 2016
National Insect Week (U.K.)

Sept. 25-30, 2016
25th International Congress of Entomology (in Orlando)

Up close and (wildly) personal


Bonus Gallery: Bugs Around The House

VIEW Bugs Around The House BONUS GALLERY

The Asian tiger mosquito is a vicious daytime biter.

Bug Solutions


Crash Course in Taxonomy, or, What Those Funny Latin Terms for Bugs Mean

If you’ve been paying attention to any of our BugWeek coverage, you’ve probably noticed that we use Latin terms pretty often in our descriptions of bugs. For example, if we mention the common bed bug we’ll probably reference its scientific name, Cimex lectularius. Maybe you’ve wondered what this terminology meant. Here, we’ll try to explain.

BugWeek Scavenger Hunt Answers

In case you missed the BugWeek 2015 scavenger hunt, or you’re just curious, you can see the questions with the answers here.

BugWeek 2015 Scavenger Hunt Questions


BugWeek Scavenger Hunt Rules

The FREE BugWeek 2015 scavenger hunt will take place Saturday, May 23, in the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.

Regular-Sized Bugs on the Big Screen, Part 2

Welcome back! This is the second installment of “Regular-Sized Bugs on the Big Screen,” a series of BugWeek blog posts saluting real arthropods that played supporting roles in feature films.

New UF/IFAS Video on Termite “Superswarms”

You might recall a slew of news stories in March, concerning the fact that two highly destructive termite species were living side-by-side in hybrid colonies in South Florida, creating “superswarms” containing both species of wood-destroying pests.

Bug Art From Marshal!

Here’s another drawing from our friend Marshal, an eighth grader from the Florida Panhandle who is fascinated by bugs!

Bug Word of the Day — Scutellum

The scutellum is the shield-like plate found on the backs of insects.

Bug of the Day — Yellow Fly

If you’ve ever gone to the pool or to a cookout or a ballgame or a park — if you’ve ever done anything outdoors in Florida during the summer — then you probably are acquainted with the yellow fly.

More new UF/IFAS bug videos!

As we mentioned yesterday, there’s an entire section of this website devoted to videos, but unlike most of our online content, you won’t find it by scrolling down this site.

More Bug Art From Marshal

Here’s another great drawing from our friend Marshal! That’s one happy-looking moth!

The green darner dragonfly migrates through South Florida each year, eating mosquitoes all the way.

UF Knows Bugs


Need to know more about bugs? Want to earn a degree in entomology from UF, perhaps? Trying to identify a bewildering bug from your backyard? Check out these resources:

Like the lovebugs, BugWeek@UF is back!

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