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Linda Rayor Brings Monster Bugs to TV

Linda Rayor
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For those who enjoy nature shows as well as Godzilla movies, a new TV series starring Cornell entomologist Linda Rayor is right up their alley.

Monster Bug Wars, hosted by Rayor, started its six-week run on the Science Channel on March 29.

Combining the fun of a classic 1950s monster movie with real science, it provided a ringside seat to some of nature’s deadliest encounters, from creepy crawlers devouring other creatures alive to the struggle of a bull ant using its lethal stinger to survive the suffocating silk of the redback spider—all in high-definition, super-magnified videography.

Rayor has transformed hundreds of Cornell students from arachnophobics into arachnophiles over the past 17 years through her Spider Biology course in the Department of Entomology.