April 23, 2020

10,000 Photos of the Wild Life in Homes (and Counting)

New blog post about the Never Home Alone project!


"Yet, while ten thousand observations tells us a lot about common, widespread species, it doesn’t yet tell us as much about the rarer, more geographically restricted life forms. We have just four observations of Odontomachus ants in homes, for example. And just a dozen or so observations of the giant house spider. To understand those species, we need more photos."

Read the full article HERE.

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October 31, 2018

Free Downloadable Guide! Common Insects and Other Arthropods Found in Homes

Arthropods of Homes Guide

Identifying arthropods can difficult because of the great variation in forms, even among close relatives.

We have put together a key that will help you recognize some of the major groups found in homes (and a few of the many around homes).

The guides content is influenced by a study conducted in 2012 around Raleigh, NC (USA) by North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences that investigated the arthropods found in peoples homes. Over the course of the project, more than 10,000 specimens representing hundreds of species were found in the 50 homes we sampled. Although the project was done in the piedmont of North Carolina, this guide may be applicable to many areas where humans coexist with these animals.

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August 16, 2018

Video: An entomologist guided tour of home arthropods

If you are looking for inspiration, check out a new video that follows NC State University Entomologist Matt Bertone as he explores the wild crooks and crannies of a home. He has some cool facts about spitting spiders, book lice, and the best places to look for arthropods in your own home.

Video by UNC-TV Science, featuring beautiful arthropod photos by Matt Bertone.

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