Bed bugs are back. The resurgence of these blood-feeding pests is perhaps the biggest entomological story of the past decade. Take a look, for instance, at the Google search volume for “bed bugs” over the past few years:
Why am I telling you all of this?
I’ve just posted a new online bed bug photo gallery. I was fortunate to get my hands on a vial of live bed bugs recently, and it turns out that the little guys are excellent entomological models. Cute, cuddly, and willing to work with feed from the photographer. I’ve posted some of the shots below, and the full series is at alexanderwild.com.
Additional bed bug links:
- Bed Bugs photo gallery – more images from the above series
- Bed Bug Biology & Management – Harvard’s definitive bed bug guide
- Bed Bug Registry – check your hotel’s bed bug history
- Bedbugger.com – the definitive bed bug blog
- Bug Girl blogs about insecticide resistence in bed bugs
- Smithereen Pest Control – Chicago area bed bug specialists and generous providers of the animals pictured above
[An aside to friends and family having second thoughts about visiting the myrmecos household after reading this post: Let me reassure you that these images were NOT taken anywhere near home. The bugs were photographed in a controlled lab environment, and each individual was accounted for and pickled in ethanol following the photo session.]