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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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Trick-or-Teach!

It’s Halloween week! Jess is going to a party in Portland and is going to do some mad makeup like the Cheshire Cat. I am flying down to Texas to trick-or-treat with my niece (8) and nephews (12 & 2). I’m going to be Big Bird. I’m making the costume last minute. We’ll...

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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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Bug Craft: Window Wings

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Science and Art have always gone hand in hand. Da Vinci was a painter, mathematician, musician, scientist and inventor! Many universities have a College of Arts & Sciences. You need to be curious, flexible and dedicated for a career in either. Here at Bug Chicks...

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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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A Cool Find in Oregon

After Thanksgiving I was in Eugene, Oregon visiting friends. We went on a forest ecology walk at the Arboretum on Mt. Pisgah. You read that right. Thanksgiving weekend in Oregon. It was cold. Windy. It even hailed a little. (Or was it freezing rain? I always get those confused. Little balls of...

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Roger that, Grandma

  This is a re-post of an original Bug Chicks post on Science Friday.   Last week, while we were teaching on the east coast, we decided to visit Kristie’s 97-year old grandmother. Kristie hadn’t seen her in about three years and wanted to interview her about her life and family history. During the...

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