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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...