Evidence of Animals (Frass Happens)

Sometimes finding the evidence of an animal is just as exciting and interesting as finding the animal itself. Unfurling a leaf I uncovered a mass of silk and excrement from what I’m assuming was a leaf roller moth in the Family Tortricidae. The moth had pupated...

Monday Millipedes!

When we teach about arthropods, it can be difficult to illustrate that ALL of these animals have segmented bodies. When you’ve never seen an arthropod up close, it is a tricky idea to wrap your mind around. We often use use millipedes in our teaching as a great...

Orange is the New Awesome

October is a month where the color orange reigns supreme. Pumpkins, changing sugar maple leaves, wood fired stoves, candy corn and pumpkin spice lattes. Mmmmm. PSLs. With whipped cream. I digress. In honor of Celestron’s Orange in October #ChangeYourView contest...

A Mite-y Discovery!

Sometimes, when we look at something from a different angle we can make some surprising discoveries. I was playing with my new Cosmos Digital Microscope from Celestron today and wanted to take some shots of exoskeletal microstructure. For my subject, I chose a Phaneus...

Beach Bugs (That’s an Arthropod???)

**This post is part of a PNW Blogger Scavenger Hunt! For more information on how to play and win prizes read the details here: http://www.metrofieldguide.com/2015-pnw-nature-blog-scavenger–hunt   When we tell people that we make videos about insects, spiders and...