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Hasbrouck Insect Collection specimens featured prominently in 2013 Ask A Biologist Ugly Bug Contest


ASU’s popular “Ask A Biologist” outreach program just released a preview of its 2013 Ugly Bug Contest Poster; available here. This year the “contestants” were selected from specimens of the Hasbrouck Insect Collection. The process of selection and summaries of natural history information were put together by our recent lab graduate Madalyn Karamooz who is credited on the poster. The specimens represent common and charismatic species of insects that occur in Arizona. One them – Anthonomus grandis Boheman a.k.a. “Colonel Mustard” or the “boll weevil” – was a once notorious (though now eradicated) pest of cotton throughout the southern United States.

The poster represents a cute take on Hasbro’s game Clue. Thanks to the SoLS Bioimaging Facility, in particular Page Baluch and Charles Kazilek, for working with us. Look out for these “Ugly Bugs” at regional schools; tens of thousands of school children will vote for them until mid December, 2013.

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