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Category Archives: Notes from the Lab

Notes from the Lab: The Walking Stick Dilemma

  • May 19, 2022

Welcome back to the Lab! Since 2015, our colony of walking sticks, Medauroidea extradentata, have been reproducing via parthenogenesis (cloning), resulting in an... Continue Reading

Oil Beetle (genus Meloe)

  • May 13, 2022

This strange looking beetle is likely the Black Meloe (Meloe niger). They are active primarily in April and May. As you might guess from... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Barcoding US Ants

  • May 12, 2022

Welcome back to the Lab! In 2020, MBHI began a partnership with the DNA Learning Center at Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory in... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: The Rocky Mountain Locust

  • April 28, 2022

Welcome back to the Lab! If you’ve ever been plagued by grasshoppers in your garden, you know the damage their tiny,... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Water Striders

  • April 21, 2022

Welcome back to the Lab! Striders, skeeters, skippers, water bugs, pond skaters, or Jesus bugs; these predacious, aquatic insects go many common names and are... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Arthropod Crossing

  • April 14, 2022

Welcome back to the Lab! Early spring in Montana can be a major gamble when it comes to weather. If you’re... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Why Not Ladybugs?

  • April 7, 2022

Welcome back to the Lab! In response to our recent series on classroom insects, we received a question regarding yet another type of... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Entomophagy

  • March 31, 2022

Welcome back to the Lab! What did you have for breakfast this morning? Cereal? Eggo waffles? Pan-fried scorpion? If consuming insects... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Bugs on Vacation

  • March 24, 2022

Welcome back to the Lab! Hello Bug Friends! Carolyn Taber, MBHI’s Museum Educator, here. I recently returned from spending a week... Continue Reading

Butterflies in the Classroom Part II: The Monarch Dilemma

  • March 17, 2022

Welcome back to the Lab! For the last several weeks, we’ve covered classroom insects as teaching tools and the ethical dilemma... Continue Reading