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Bumperstickers for the Holidays!

We have printed up a limited run of our much-loved “Bugdork” bumperstickers and some special Junior Entomologist bumperstickers, too! When you buy these, you support our work and our ability to teach people about the amazing world of arthropods....

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Blue Morpho…Dragonfly?

When we were researching interesting species to find in the Amazon Rainforest,  Jess learned about the Blue Morpho Dragonfly. This thing IMMEDIATELY went on our Top 5 List.  Most people know or have seen pictures of Blue Morpho butterflies, as they are some of the most beautiful and visible...

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2016 Year in Review

Sometimes you have a year that just blows you away.  For us, 2016 was that year. It was an incredible year with awesome opportunities and forward momentum. As you read this, it may seem that I handle the majority of the work. This is because Jess got a full-time job back in 2015 so that I could...

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Is it a Kissing Bug or a Leaf-footed Bug?

Lately, we have received a few questions on our Facebook page asking about kissing bugs. Some people have sent pictures of insects that they suspect may be the insects that transmit Chagas Disease, a parasitic infection caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi that can range from mild symptoms to...

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Can you guess the species of this pupa?

The other night in the kitchen as we were cleaning up after dinner, I came across a small green caterpillar on the counter. It must have come from some of our produce. I immediately wanted to photograph it and get it under the scope. But also, it was late, I had just washed a bunch of dishes and I...

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Bug Blast at the Burke Museum!

Last Sunday I woke up at 5AM and packed up my trusty car with my arthropod zoo and some bug costumes. I made the three hour drive up to Seattle (after stopping to get coffee- I’m not a robot) to headline Bug Blast at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington. I was hoping Jess would...

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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 and left this behind. This...

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“But Why Kids” Radio Show

After we spoke at NAITC in Phoenix in June we rushed over to a radio station to record a segment for a public radio show that airs in Vermont called “But Why Kids.”  Several children were recorded asking questions about insects and we responded! It was super fun and we got to record in...

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Flowers Up-Close

I took a botany class once. It was…fine. It was the semester before I went to Kenya for the first time and I took it concurrently with entomology, so it was never going to have a chance to feel my love.  I was all- Plants, meh. Truth be told I’m still a little bit like that. I...

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I’m Lichen It!

I went out for a walk around the block with my FlipView digital microscope, looking for inspiration. After playing with the video function and filming some pollinators I decided to turn my sights onto the tree in my front yard. It’s a maple tree and it has these little notches in the bark...

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A Few Pollinators

I challenged myself to walk around the block and simply explore with my FlipView microscope with an assignment to shoot some video with it. I didn’t even make it one quarter of the way! I shot some footage of pollinators doing their thing. It was a bit windy, so the flowers are moving quite...

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National Agriculture in the Classroom

At the very end of June, Jess and I had the opportunity to give the Keynote address to the National Ag in the Classroom conference held at the beautiful Wigwam Resort outside of Phoenix. This was the swankiest conference we have EVER been to! The food was incredible (I’ve been having almost...

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