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Wings: Part Two

In last week’s post, Wings: Part One, I showed the wings of a wasp and a treehopper. This week I’m going to juxtapose two of the most well known insects in the world- a cockroach and a butterfly. Below is an American cockroach. This is one of the most widespread and reviled pests in...

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Wings: Part 1

I was looking over my favorite Infiniview microscope shots and I found this scarab beetle elytra picture from my first time playing with it. It got me thinking about wings in all their different forms. I popped open a teaching collection of ours that needed to be cleaned up a bit and started...

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Gross Anatomy

When you give someone a handheld digital microscope, one of the first things they do is look at the back of their hand. I’ve seen it happen hundreds of times. So for this post, I thought it was about time to get up-close and personal with one the of the Celestron Microscopes I have been...

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A House Guest

Very often here in Portland, I will have a person animatedly try to explain a kind of ‘bug’ they’ve seen in their house. There are key phrases I listen for: “It was really big.” (giant house spider) “It was black and kinda nasty” (european rove beetle...

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Star Light, Star Flight

It’s the last day to post a photo to social media and tag Celestron for their #ChangeYourView2015 November Nights contest! Wow- November flew by. Speaking of flying– Have you ever wondered why insects are attracted to your porch light at night? It bewilders people. Why, if this insect...

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Fall Foliage

All of a sudden, here in Portland, the trees are on fire! Autumn is in full swing and I realized that if I didn’t act fast I was going to miss my opportunity to get red and yellow leaves under the microscope. So I went outside and grabbed some. On my way back in, I snagged one of the last...

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A Tiny Universe

I’ve been thinking about microscopes a lot lately, due to my recent partnership with Celestron. Celestron is well-known for their incredible astronomy equipment. Their social media feeds are filled with stunning images of the night sky. Nebulae. Galaxies. Planets. Moons. Looking to the...

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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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