NMSU entomology professor featured on the Science Channel


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CONTACT: Scott Bundy, 575-646-3171, cbundy

New Mexico State University entomology professor Scott Bundy has been featured on the show “Strange Evidence” on the Science Channel. Bundy is offering his entomology expertise to decipher what is occurring in videos featuring strange phenomena.

So far Bundy has been featured on two episodes, Season 2, Episode 6: “The Beast that Ate Jaws” and Episode 7: “Doomsday at Yellowstone” with a third episode to air soon.

“I went up to Albuquerque to meet with people from the show. They showed me three videos that people recorded of strange things happening in nature and they ultimately wanted me to look at it from an entomologist’s standpoint and explain what was happening, along with the biology of what was going on,” Bundy said.

Bundy described the experience of being in front of the camera as something he’s definitely not used to, but getting the chance to discuss insects is always a great experience.

“It’s interesting to talk about the cool things insects do and it’s great that they are interested enough to have someone come on and talk about insects.”

This isn’t Bundy’s first time appearing in front of the camera, in 2015 Bundy was featured on the Weather Channel’s “Strangest Weather on Earth” program. He appeared on three episodes that aired Oct. 11, Sept. 12 and Sept. 20.

“On that show, I talked about swarming insects or bug-nadoes, which happens when either the insects get sucked inside a funnel cloud or they form one themselves. In another episode, I talked about the huge swarm of grasshoppers that happened in New Mexico a few years ago, which was so large it actually was visible on radar. They wanted to know why they swarm like that and how they buildup in such numbers,” Bundy said. “And the last thing I discussed was fire ants and how during floods they make their bodies into rafts and float across the water to save their offspring.”

Bundy understands that while insects might not be everyone’s favorite topic like it is for him, he believes there is at least some admiration or interest shown by the general public.

“I think overall many people may hate insects, but I think they also have some kind of respect for them or are at least interested in watching shows like these,” Bundy said.

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