We’ll be back!

Buzz, Hoot, and Roar are taking a short break from posting while we work on something exciting for you.

We can hardly wait to share it. Stay tuned, and we’ll be rolling again soon!


By |May 18th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Spider book update: Help us pick our species!

We’re writing a spider book!

Chris Buddle and Roar will soon present a happy volume packed with eight-legged greatness.

Each chapter will highlight a common species: a plain language and scientific overview of the biology and natural history of common spider species of North America. That’s a big task, because of the hundreds of potential candidate species, we’ll only highlight a dozen or so of the most common.

We need your help: Many of you provided valuable feedback on your favorite spidey friends, and we have already spoken to loads of Arachnologists, but we want to know what’s on everybody’s minds (spiderly speaking). See our chapter candidates and let us know if we missed a North American species SO INCREDIBLE IT MUST BE INCLUDED!

Here are the species we are proposing as “main chapters”:

Argiope aurantia (garden spider, or writing spider)

Oxyopes salticus (the striped lynx spider)

Neoscona sp. (orb-weavers)

Misumena vatia (goldenrod crab spider)spiders_page1_1
Dolomedes sp. (fishing or dock spiders)
Salticus scenicus (zebra jumper)
Parasteatoda tepidariorum (American house spider)
Latrodectus sp. (widow spiders)
Pardosa sp. (thin-legged wolf spiders)
Cheiracanthum sp. (ceiling spiders)

Agelenopsis sp. (funnel-web spiders)

By |June 4th, 2015|Backbones, News, Spiders|15 Comments

Take 5: Notes of Greatness from the 2014 ESA Conference

Hoot traveled to Portland, Oregon last week for the Entomology 2014 conference, and had a blast! Here’s some of what she learned:


1. Twitter takes taxonomy to the next level. Tweeps tweet life around them in places where taxonomists can’t always go. Just ask Morgan Jackson @BioInFocus.



2. In fact, there are all kinds of reasons scientists should use Twitter and other social media—to find collaborators, help fight off imposter syndrome, share a really cool story about a centipede…  Such great insight from Derek Hennen (@derekhennen)


3. People are seriously taking a sofa safari across the U.S.A.! We’re tuning in, as the Bug Chicks (Kristie Reddick, M.S., and Jessica Honaker, M.S.) trek through some of our own backyards. Awesome photos and stories on their blog, http://thebugchicks.com/blog/. Follow them on Twitter too (@thebugchicks)


4. Phil Torres is more than just a fancy TV personality! He’s a social media whiz who really knows his science. Check out his work on TheRevScience and Al Jazeera America.


5. Yes, bug art is a thing. Some of it is beautiful, some of it is fun, and some of it just tells us what’s up. Take, for example, Chris Hedstrom (@OregonBeatSheet), Katie McKissack (@beatricebiology), Esabelle Ryngin (@wowowosh), Carly Tribull (@cmtribull), Alexander Westrich, and Ainsley Seago (@americanbeetles).


For more awesome science on social media, be sure to follow Gwen Pearson (@bug_gwen), Marianne Alleyne (@cotesia1), Cameron Webb (@mozziebites), Leslie Allee, and Scott Meers(@ABBugCounter). We […]

By |November 26th, 2014|Bugs, News|0 Comments

Buzz Hoot Roar News: Check out Our Art Exhibition!

Get off your computers, folks! Buzz Hoot Roar has its first real-live exhibition! Some of our amazing artists’ work spans the walls at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Cameron Village Regional Library through the month of September!

With this show, we’re getting the SciArt word out in hard copy to bibliophiles, lonely people looking for dates, four year olds, and the rest of the Cameron Village Library crowd. 

You may remember such greats as Heather Copley’s decoding squirrel talk
Neil McCoy’s showcasing weird star seekers in Animals in Spaaaaace

Julia Rice’s examination of Belly Button Biodiversity


Robin Anders’ look into how birds navigate the Great Migrate


Artist in Residence Christine Fleming’s explaining What’s the Difference between commonly confused animals . . .


and demonstrating jumping spiders’ Sexy Spider Dance


Jaime Van Wart’s telling us why we just want to Squeeze It! 


and James Hutson’s showing us how charming fireflies can be (and why some of them light up!)


Thanks to all who share their talents with us. If you’re in town, go check it out!



By |August 28th, 2014|News|0 Comments