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Bugs Bunny

National Museum of American History

Bugs Bunny

National Museum of American History

Bugs Bunny

National Museum of American History

Bugs Bunny

National Museum of American History

Bugs Bunny

National Museum of American History

Bugs Bunny

National Museum of American History

Bugs Bunny

National Museum of American History

Bugs Bunny

National Museum of American History

Bugs Bunny

National Museum of American History

Bugs Bunny

National Museum of American History

Millennium Bugs

National Museum of American History

Bugs Bunny

National Museum of American History

Bugs Bunny

National Museum of American History
Bugs Bunny by Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc.; illustrations adapted by Tom McKimson and Al Dempster; Cartoons, Inc. (New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1949). A Little Golden Book. Many of the stories published in the early years of Little Golden Books included classics such as Mother Goose, fables and fairy tales. After the war, a new era of prosperity emerged in America. This optimism coupled with the baby boom encouraged Americans to create an idealized world, where family and home were fundamental attributes and life was full with opportunities. The introduction of TV into the home had great impact on American society and culture, and its impact on Little Golden Books was no exception. In the 19th century, consumer products such as toys, books and games were already used as a tie in to historical events, sports and famous people, and this phenomenon was expanded with the introduction of radio, movies and television. These new means of communication generated a whole new cast of characters and the impact on Golden Books was significant. A license with Walt Disney granted Little Golden Books the right to publish stories about some of Disney’s earliest creations, including favorites such as Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo and Sleeping Beauty. Moreover, the books began to feature television personalities like Howdy Doody, Roy Rogers and Captain Kangaroo, as well as popular Saturday morning cartoon characters like Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny and Huckleberry Hound. These new agreements with Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera significantly reduced the development of original stories as the books featured stories taken from children’s television shows. This opened up the flood gates to create consumer products associated with popular movie and cartoon personalities. This practice continues today and proves to be a very lucrative endeavor.

Born in 1911 in Atlantic City New Jersey, Al Dempster moved to California and studied at the Art Center school in LA. He joined the staff of Disney in 1939 as a layout trainee and shortly after was promoted to the Background department. His early works included Fantasia and Dumbo. He left Disney in 1945 but returned to Disney studio by 1952 where he worked on such renowned movies as Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, Santa's Toy Shoppe, Jungle Book and the Rescuers and Winnie the Pooh. He worked on more than a dozen Disney golden books. He died in 2001 and posthumously received the coveted Disney Legends Award in 2006 for his outstanding achievements and contribution to the Disney legacy.

Tom Mckimson (1907-1998) was best known for his work as an animator at Warner Bros. Studio. He joined Disney in 1928 but left in 1932 and moved over to work with Warner Bros., where he was credited with the original design for Tweety Bird. While working with Warners he also illustrated comic books for Dell Comics, including Bugs Bunny and Road Runner. He left Warners in 1947 and became the Art Director for Western Publishing, the original publishing company for Golden Books.

Cup, Bugs Bunny

National Museum of American History

Bugs Crayola Crayons

National Museum of American History

Bugs Bunny animation cel

National Museum of American History
Animation cel of the cartoon character Bugs Bunny. The gray rabbit is drawn with white feet and gloves, standing in full upright position, gesturing with right hand. He is wearing a blue vest, red bowtie, yellow jacket, and a blue-banded straw hat. Tex Avery gave birth to Bugs Bunny in an award-winning cartoon he produced for Warner Brothers in 1940 called The Wild Hare. Initially known as Jack E. Rabbit, Bugs later received his better-known name from another Warner Brothers director of the same name. Though the rabbit received his name from Ben “Bugs” Hardaway, he received his ornery personality from Tex Avery. During the Second World War, Bugs Bunny became more popular than Disney or MGM short subjects. But Bugs received his widest audience through the medium of television, both through syndication and distribution of earlier cartoons and through The Bugs Bunny Show, appearing from 1960 to the late 1990s.

Fresh Figs, and Bugs?

Smithsonian Magazine

Bugs, Brains and Trivia

Smithsonian Magazine

Entomology students aren’t normally the ones under the microscope, but at the annual Linnaean Games, a national insect trivia competition, they are scrutinized as closely as their own six-legged subjects. Before a crowd of more than a thousand, the larval scholars – mostly PhD candidates – struggle with categories like “Name That Pest” and “Know Your Bug Families.” They tackle current events – this year, expect questions on the emerald ash borer, a beetle poised to wipe out the nation’s ash trees – and high culture. Who wrote the poem “My Butterfly?” (Robert Frost.) Who composed “Flight of the Bumblebee?” (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.)

But the ant lion’s share of the 16 questions at the championships, held on Nov. 18 at the Entomological Society of America’s meeting in Reno, Nev., will likely be along the lines of this pop quiz:

“Name the family of beetles that has one set of eyes on the top of its body and one set below.”

“The action of shifting allele frequency toward the homozygous condition in small populations is called what?”

“Name the portion of the insect brain that receives both sensory and motor fibers from the antennae.”

Tom Turpin, the contest’s longtime moderator, stopped grilling me for a moment.

“You didn’t even know they had brains, right?”

The answers are, respectively, Gyrinidae, genetic drift, deutocerebrum, and not really.

Turpin, a Purdue University entomology professor who teaches, among other courses, “Insects: Friend and Foe,” helped found the contest in the early 1980s. He hoped it would be a lark for graduate students attending the ESA meeting, which these days covers such heavy-duty topics as tick genomics and “21st Century Western Corn Rootworm Management at Home and Abroad.” The games are named for Carl Linnaeus, the 18th-century father of binomial nomenclature, who is also the event mascot: on the official banner, Linnaeus, in a wig, is shown carefully recording the genus and species of a crab louse. “He probably had lice,” Turpin says. Thus the wig.

The games have become one of the conference’s best-attended events.

“We draw a pretty good crowd, because it’s real entertainment,” says Turpin, who typically presides over the contest wearing a tux with a monarch butterfly bow tie or ladybug-spotted lapels. He’s one of the ESA’s acknowledged comedians: When the group produced a pack of insect-themed playing cards recently, he and another entomologist posed as the jokers.

Linnaean levity does not always translate for the layperson, though.

“The category ‘Know Your Bug Families?’ There’s humor in that.” Turpin chortled.

“Not all insects are bugs.” Bug, he explained, is a version of the Celtic word “bwg” (pronounced “boog”), which means ghost or spirit. It was originally a reference to bedbugs, which bit in the night, leading tormented Celts to suspect they were being assaulted by supernatural forces.

“Bed bugs are part of the order Hemiptera, so only members of the order Hemiptera are bugs,” he went on. “Students know they will be asked questions about Hemiptera. To what family does the box elder belong, for instance?’”

Such hilarity aside, the graduate students are “very deadly serious” about the games, said William Lamp, coach of the University of Maryland team, which, after succeeding in regional rounds, advanced to compete in Reno this year along with nine other teams. To prepare, teams from universities across the country practice weekly, poring over classic texts like P.J. Gullan and P.S. Cranston’s “The Insects,” memorizing banks of recorded questions from previous games and reading journals to keep up to date with the latest in pesticide chemistry. They bone up on social entomology, medical entomology, ecology and the dreaded systematics, which includes insect phylogeny and evolution. They also work on speed and reflexes, slapping at the buzzer like they’d swat a vicious mosquito.

For their trouble, winning teams receive a plaque and bragging rights – the “glory of accomplishment,” Turpin says. A few top performers have reportedly garnered job offers from impressed audience members.

The Maryland team, a newcomer going up against such powerhouses as the University of California at Riverside, is not expecting victory-- this year, that is.

“We just don’t want to embarrass ourselves in front of this crowd of famous entomologists,” says team captain Bob Smith, a second-year PhD student studying the effects of urbanization on caddisfly dispersal. But no matter how hard the questions get, his team intends to have fun. “It’s a release from our research,” he says. “As a grad student, you learn to pose novel questions, where often the answers aren’t known.” In the Linnaean Games, somebody, somewhere – sometimes right beside you -- always knows the answers.

UPDATE: The team from University of California- Riverside was victorious in the 2008 competition. The team of Ph.D. students were led by coach Darcy Reed and captain Jennifer Henke. Students from North Carolina State came in second-place.
 

Bugs, The Good Dinosaur

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Bugs in Booby Trap

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Yellow and green polygonal shapes superimposed over white wiry lines on a black ground.

The Early Days: Bugs Bunny

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
He looks spry enough, but your old friend Bugs Bunny is over the hill. The beloved cartoon rabbit, made famous by artist and animator Chuck Jones, is in his seventies! We set out to discover what this iconic character's "bunnyhood" was like: 1938: Warner Bros. director Ben “Bugs” Hardaway created a rabbit character for the film Porky’s Hare Hunt. 1939: For Bugs’s next appearance, in Hare-um Scare-um, character designer Charles Thorson made a model sheet and referred to the rabbit as “Bug’s Bunny.” This bunny was screwball, antic, and cute. Two of Chuck Jones’s early cartoons, Prest-O Change-O and Elmer’s...

Here come the stink bugs...

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Entomologist Gary Hevel at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., explains the recent invasion of brown marmorated stink bugs (stinkbug) in the U.S. and how to get rid of them.

For bicyclists and shutter bugs

Smithsonian Libraries

This post was written by Adrian Vaagenes, volunteer in the National Museum of American History library. In the last five years, the Go-Pro, the durable HD camera of daredevils the world over, has become ubiquitous. Whether out on the trails or on the streets, it’s not uncommon to see a bicyclist documenting his or her more »

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Four New Venezuelan Reduviid Bugs

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