CARPENTER BEES FACTS & NATURAL HISTORY Carpenter bees are species of bee that fall under the genus Xylocopa. There are about 500 known species of carpenter bee in the world and they exist on every continent except for Antarctica. The name “carpenter bee” comes from their behavior of burrowing into wood for nesting purposes. They […]
BLUE MORPHO NATURAL HISTORY The blue morpho butterfly (Morpho menelaus) is one of 30 species of butterfly falling under the Morphinae family. As the name would imply, blue morphos are known worldwide for their dazzlingly iridescent wings. The shine of their wings is so bright and vivacious that its blue sheen can be seen by […]
In 2015 Kevin became a beekeeper. He took five weeks of classes, built the foundation for his hives, and when the big day came he went to Beekind to pick up the 10,000 bees he had ordered. Our boys observed the bees sitting on our kitchen table buzzing intensely for the day while Kevin made […]
Watching a child in the garden is a quick way to flashback to your own childhood. Ladybugs, rolly pollies, stink bugs, inchworms, ants and spiders always caught my attention as a kid and now they have captured the attention of my own young ones. Years before I had children I was hiking in Muir […]
We listed a new style of Framed Luna moth, now with a black background. Only available in our ETSY shop. The Luna moth with white background available in our store. Adult Luna Moths only live for about 1 week because they have no mouthparts to feed. Therefore, as an adult, their main purpose is to mate.
One of my favorite experiences while pursuing my graduate degree happened 15 years ago while attending the Ant Course, which is a collaboration between the California Academy of Sciences and Harvard University that provides unique training to entomologists at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona. I loved this course on many levels, but meeting […]
The Assassin Bug is named not only for its indiscriminate feeding practices, but also for the dangerous mix of diseases it carries. These bugs will feast on any warm blood they can find, drinking up to nine times their weight in blood and they have a tendency to feed around its victim’s mouth earning it […]