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 science we need to see […]
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 of butterflies have an extension […]
Monarch butterflies are probably the best-known species of butterfly in North America. They are famous for their long migrations south before the northern winter frosts kill their eggs and adults. These migrations are one of the most amazing in nature and individuals can travel up to 2,000 miles from home. In North America, the migration patterns […]
Let me introduce Tank. Tank just moved here from Madagascar and is really grumpy (I know this because hissing cockroaches hiss when they are mad – and tank hisses a lot); hence his give name – Cantankerous. We just call him Tank. And you can’t blame Tank for being grumpy with three missing forearms, a […]
A researcher at Oregon State University discovered an ancient species of fly (order: Diptera) that was found embedded in a piece of amber dating back over 100 million years old. What makes this fly so special is that it is a new species, genus and family of insect that has never before been observed. The […]
The ant genus of the month is the Cataglyphis genus. This ant would not win any “Ant America Pageant” but it definitely would win a desert survival competition. Why? Because it is one of the most heat tolerant animals known to man! One species in this group, Cataglyphis bicolor, lives in the Sahara desert and can […]