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What’s This Bug? Entomologist Erin Mills Answers Your Questions

While we all probably recognize our region’s enormous cockroaches, we often need some help identifying the other creepy crawlers that call our city home.

Unknown Insect
An insect photographed by Houston Matters listener Howard Cornelsen is identified as an assassin bug.

Living in Greater Houston, you’ve probably had a moment when you looked down at the grass or the sidewalk (and hopefully not the kitchen counter) and wondered, “What the heck is that?” A bug of some sort.

And while we all probably recognize our region’s enormous cockroaches, we often need some help identifying the other creepy crawlers that call our city home. So, here’s your chance to get that question answered.

In the audio above, entomologist Erin Mills, director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center at Houston’s Museum of Natural Science, answers listener questions ranging from some of the common insects we’re seeing around Houston these days, to identifying the bug (above) that a listener named Howard emailed us about (it’s an assassin bug), and about the disappearance of fireflies in the area over the years.

Entomologist Erin Mills
Entomologist Erin Mills is the director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center.

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