True Bugs Presented by Louis Sorkin

Posted: December 21, 2011 in New York Pest Expo
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As always, all of us who attended the 2011 New York Pest Expo had a great presentation from Louis Sorkin, BCE, Entsult Associates, Inc.: “Bugs, Bugs and More Bugs: A Look at True Bugs”

Lou never ceases to impress us with his vast knowledge. He shared with us some great tips and advice and gastronomic experiences when it comes to bugs. (Just in time for lunch).

A true bug is a member of the insect order Hemiptera. This order is comprised of approximately 50,000–80,000 species of aphids, planthoppers, leafhoppers, shield bugs and others. They range in size from 1 millimeter (0.04 in) to around 15 centimeters (6 in), and share a common arrangement of sucking mouthparts.

Some true bugs Lou discussed were bed bugs and stink bugs. Both have the characteristic mouthparts where the mandibles and maxillae have evolved into a proboscis that allows the bugs to pierce tissue and suck out fluids.

Here are some interesting facts about a couple of these true bugs Lou wanted to share with us:

  • Bed bugs and stink bugs have similar smells. Their aroma is similar to that of cilantro.
  • The cicada may make for a great breeding home for wasps (they feed off them and then lay their eggs in them) and they taste pretty good too, at least to Lou.

We were getting close to lunch at this point. We were getting pretty hungry and he offered up some samples of dried bugs. Did anyone try any? What did you think? Can you remember the technical term for the use of insects as food?

Lou gave us all plenty of food for thought. We hope you enjoyed it!

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