We are jungle exploring scientists who discover new bugs. Ask us anything!
We are two Field Biologists who have spent the past several years conducting research in the Amazon Rainforest. We have backgrounds in entomology (the scientific study of insects) and recently collaborated on the new discovery of a butterfly that appears to mimic ants and steals their food, which was recently featured in National Geographic - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/amazon-butterflies-ants-insects-stealing/ and we put together a video about the new publication - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrPWAQR-Rb8
We’ve been on numerous expeditions in the jungles of South America to conduct research and seek out new, bizarre creatures. In addition, we believe strongly in communicating science and have contributed to outlets like The BBC, National Geographic, Wired, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and many more.
We have also been involved in several cool discoveries and stories such as:
Decoy Spider Discovery (Phil & Destin from Smarter Every Day)
Crazy Tentacled Caterpillar (Aaron in National Geographic)
The “Donald Trump” Caterpillar (Phil in Daily Mail)
Mystery of the Yellow Bulbs (Aaron in KCET)
Strange Web Tower Structures (Phil in Wired)
Predatory Glow Worms (Aaron in Wired)
We wanted to take this opportunity to share our experiences as scientists working in the rainforest and look forward to your questions!
Questions answered with -P are Phil, and with -A are Aaron
You can find more of our rainforest science videos here:
Edit: Holy cow, thanks for all the amazing questions & comments everyone! We're going to continue to work our way through and hopefully get around to all of them.
-Your friendly neighborhood bug guys