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Category Archives: Notes from the Lab

Notes from the Lab: Native Mantids

  • September 24, 2020

While out on a bug walk with the Montana Natural History Center’s Master Naturalist students this weekend, we were blown away... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Celebrity Bugs

  • September 17, 2020

This is not my first rodeo when it comes to late summer wildfire smoke. However, this is the first year it has actually... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Tarantula Molt Update

  • September 3, 2020

August was an exciting month for our tarantulas as we had not one, not two, but THREE successful tarantula molts over... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Rocky Mountain Locust

  • August 27, 2020

Last week, we introduced you to the infamous Rocky Mountain Locust, a grasshopper species that plagued settlers trying to make their... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Rocky Mountain Locust

  • August 20, 2020

In a continuation of our grasshopper-focused Online Bug Encounter, I want to dive a little deeper into the life history of the... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Fireflies part 2!

  • August 13, 2020

I had so many positive responses to last week’s issue on fireflies that I decided to dig a little deeper into... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Fireflies

  • August 6, 2020

Right up front, it’s confession time: I’ve never seen a firefly in my life. I haven’t spent much time outside of... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Ghost Mantis (Babies!)

  • July 30, 2020

Exciting Bug Ambassador update! Back in May/June, our ghost mantis females began laying oothecae, or egg cases. We’ve had other females... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Red Slate Ornamental Tarantula

  • July 23, 2020

It’s time for another species deep-dive as we take a look at one of our longtime tarantula residents: the Red Slate... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: In Defense of Mosquitoes

  • July 16, 2020

For many folks, summer in Montana is the annual payoff for… well, the rest of the year. If you’re like my... Continue Reading