Episode 27: Endangered Bugs

Hey everyone! We hope you liked our last episode because today we are dealing further into the topic of endangered species by specifically highlighting some endangered insects.

Often insects are overlooked or even intentionally eradicated no matter the species because people have such a distaste for them. They are creepy crawlies but they also have important roles within habitats. In this episode we discuss the reasons why insects should be protected. Everything from beetles to butterflies play an important role in our ecosystems. They help to decompose leaf litter and pollinate our crops.

We also spend some time teasing apart the issues of conservation. Why should we conserve endangered species, which endangered species should be conserve, and how do we afford to conserve everything? it’s a tough dilemma that we are all going to have to face at some point. Where do you stand on this topic? We would love to know!

If you would like to help endangered insects consider planting more plants in your yard other than grass. The Audubon society has a great article about planting native plants in your garden.

Other than planting within your own garden you can also help to build and conserve habitat for plants and animals near your home. The Nature Conservancy or your local land conservancy or trust is a great place to start looking to help out. And if you’re a grad student looking to get into a career in conservation these places are great to get more experience for the job market.


Episode 29: Endangered Species


Hey everyone, we’re back today with an episode about endangered species: why we are obsessed with the rare, how that’s detrimental to these species, and how we can help them.

Humans love rare and unique species, so it isn’t surprising that species often become more noticeable right when they are on the brink of extinction. For example, right now the Northern white rhino only has three remaining individuals but their rarity makes them a target for poachers. All three members have their very own team of body guards to protect them. The more rare and charismatic a species is the more likely it is to exploited by humans.

Endangered species are also important because they can help save other species within their habitat. Charismatic species, think the panda, help protect many other organisms because the land they reside on is protected from exploitation by humans.

If you would like to help out endangered species consider donating to one of the many institutions that help protect these species. Also, consider looking into conservation programs within your local community. And remember large beautiful or cute species aren’t the only species out there that need protection. There are many plants and small animals like insects that also need our help even if they aren’t particularly eye catching or cuddly.

Finally, if you are interested in helping to keep Bugs&Stuff Podcast going this year consider donating to our Ko-fi page. For the price of a coffee you can help us continue putting out great content.

We love you, we’ll see you, goodbye!

❤ Cari and Caitlin

Episode 28: Resolutions and Support Us!

Happy New Year everyone! We hope your 2018 has started out well. This year we have some great new episodes planned including this one where we discuss our previous resolutions and our new resolutions for the podcast.

We are also unrolling a new “sponsor us” button on the sidebar. By clicking the icon you will be taken to a site called ko-fi. If you love our work, you can support us for the price of a coffee. It would help us to continue to put out great content. All the proceeds go toward renewing our Soundcloud membership.

Click the button on our sidebar or visit us here for more information.

Thank you! We appreciate all your support whether you donate or are just a listener and we are excited to bring your more great content in 2018!

Episode 27: Super bugs pt. 2

No we aren’t talking about antibiotic resistant bacteria, we are back today with part 2 of our super bugs episodes. This week we are talking again with Nancy and Nicole about our own perfect superheroes with buggy powers.

From roaches to butterflies we discuss the great characteristics of bugs and how they would make amazing superheroes. Personally, I think someone should create a movie where a moth themed superhero deflects the bat signal. I would love that movie. If you could create a bug superhero what would it be? Let us know.

Just to reiterate, if you need a bug expert for your comic or movie, call me. And if you’re a comic artist or someone who likes to draw who wants to make a bug superhero comic, PLEASE call me. Help me fulfill my dream!

Again, here are some pictures of the buggy heroes and villains we talked about this week:

Blue beetle:


Black beetle:




Killer moth:








Other information on things we talked about, if you’re interested, here’s a little about my hero academia and here is the super cool arachnid superhero JOURNAL ARTICLE! Seriously, how did someone get to spend time researching buggy superheroes and how do I join their team?!

Please rate us on Apple podcasts, leave us a comment, and PLEASE tell me about a bug hero/villain you would love to see!

Finally, we hope you all had a great holiday and a safe and happy New Year! We have some great plans for the new year that we think you will all enjoy.

We’ll see you, we love you, goodbye!


Episode 26: Super bugs pt. 1

As we promised on Twitter, we have an exciting two parter combining our love for bugs with our love for super heroes. We were joined by Nancy again who you may remember from our ghost episode and Nicole who made an appearance talking about her job quite a while back!

Welcome to the podcast where we will teach you all about bug themed superheroes that, while mostly bug themed in name alone, have a few real buggy powers…very few, unfortunately.


In case you’ve never seen them before, we wanted to include some photos of the heroes we talked about in this half of the episode!



Spiderman (Miles):






*and obviously I think they’re the most funny when they’re kicking OG Spiderman’s butt!

Black widow:






Yellow jacket (photo from Ant-Man the movie):


Bumble bee:




AREN’T THEY COOL? Even if they don’t always have scientifically accurate bug powers 🙂

Other topics we talked about: Immortal Jellyfish (I was right!) and the peacock spider* mating dance!

*note: peacock spider link leads to a clip from a documentary that does show spider mating! Interesting and terrifying!

And for more spiderman fun, check out this teaser trailer!!!! I regularly get overly excited about superhero movies, but I am so unbelievably JAZZED about this movie! Miles Morales does not get the attention he deserves, but he’s going to get it soon! So, get ready and excited!


Please rate us on Apple podcast and leave us a comment!

We love you. We’ll see you. Goodbye!


We are taking a break this week from episodes because of the holiday, but we will be back on the 12th with a fun episode and some great guests. We hope you had an amazing thanksgiving if you are in the U.S. and if not a great weekend! Keep an eye out for our episode in two weeks!

Before we go we want to give you one interesting bug fact. Did you know that earthworms in the U.S. are not native? They are invasive species that came over with European settlers and even though they may be helpful for your gardens, they wreak havoc on our forests.

They are detrimental to forests because they are too good at decomposing leaf litter. Our native trees and wildflowers are not adapted to a lack of leaf litter that forms the top organic layer of soil. The organic layer provides an important nutrients and habitat for beetles, snails, mites, and other critters. It also provides a place for seedlings to grow and survive. When earthworms are present they remove this layers and this causes issues up and down the food chain.

Overall, earthworms are not the great creatures that we often associate with healthy plant growth, but rather, are harming our forests. This fact surprised me when I first learned it, so I thought I would pass it on to you. We need future forest soil community ecologists to learn how to control earthworms in order to improve our forests!

Do you have any interesting bug facts?


Episode 25: Thankful for Bugs

What bugs are you thankful for? I bet you’ve never had to answer that question. Today we’re bringing you a shorter episode about bugs we’re thankful for in the spirit of Thanksgiving. We talk about ecosystem services and a bunch about potatoes. We also have an update for you about the zombie ants. New research says they may not so much be zombies but rather cyborgs! Listen to find out more.

As always feel free to rate us on Apple podcasts and enjoy the show!