I had the pleasure of taking a jewelry course in Thailand in order to learn how to make my wife’s engagement ring. Some of these learned skills have carried over to a new offering at Bug Under Glass – Butterfly Wing Jewelry. Please come back as I will be adding […]
Last week my wife said, “it would be great if I could eat breakfast without maggots on the table” (referring to my insect breeding box). Although she had a point, she was wrong to call them maggots because they are actually beetle larva. Maggots are fly larva and most beetle […]
A new study finds elephants might be afraid of ants and unveils a little more of amazing symbiotic story of the ant and Acacia tree. Ants in your pants? That’s nothing compared with ants up your snout. And that’s what elephants in the African savanna must contend with when trying […]
Imagine being able to lift a six double decker buses! Well, if you were a certain type of beetle, in theory, you could. The world record no longer goes to the Rhino Beetle, which is still one of the strongest, but to a type of scarab beetle. Learn more about this STRONG […]
an incredible and very funny person. One of these ant nests is on display at the California Academy of Sciences. Here is a video from CBS news on Dr. Tschinkel and his process.
Grass often gets mowed, chewed by insects and most of the time just overlooked. However, its importance is very significant in the evolution of animals, especially insects. This piece was in the NY Times and is a very well written piece about the forgotten plant that insects love to eat.
Caterpillars grow to about 27,000 times the size it was when it first emerged from its egg. If a human baby weighed 9 pounds at birth and grew at the same rate as a caterpillar, it would weigh 243,000 pounds when fully grown!
Photography of very small insects can be difficult because of the limits of traditional cameras and problems with depth of field, meaning some parts of the subject are out of focus while others are in focus when photographing small objects. This can be a cool effect in art, but in […]
Swallowtail butterflies are a group of butterflies in the butterfly family Papilionidae (papilio means butterfly & moth in Latin). There are an estimated 550 known species and hundreds more waiting to be discovered. The common name, Swallowtail, comes from the fact that a majority of the members of this group […]