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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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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 example of a fully segmented...

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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 I decided to play with one of...

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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 vindex rainbow dung beetle...

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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 other arthropods people get...

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Haiku Mondays: Jumping Spiders

   This photo of mating jumping spiders is astounding!   It was taken by Huub de Waard, a Dutch photographer who specializes in macrophotography of insects and other small arthropods.  We love his work and we are honored to feature this photo as part of our Monday Haiku Series. Salticidae Look to...

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Aphids

Aphids, like the ones on this plant, can be major agricultural pests.  They have a long, needle-like mouthpart called a rostrum that they use to jab into the leaves and drain the plant sap.  Even though aphids are small, they’re pretty easy to identify – just look for the rounded,...

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Earwigs: Beating a Bad Rap

This post is a reposting of an original Bug Chicks article on Science Friday. Many insects are pegged with a bad reputation.  While this is warranted in such cases as mosquitoes that transmit malaria, bed bugs and lice that are nuisance pests, or locusts that devour crops, some insects are...

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