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Category Archives: Notes from the Lab


  • January 21, 2021

When Beatlemania swept across the planet in the early and mid-60’s, beetlemania was already alive and well in Japan, and had been... Continue Reading

Bess Beetles

  • January 14, 2021

This week I want to introduce you to our small herd of Odontotaenius disjunctus, or Bess Beetles! These ground-dwelling, social insects belong to... Continue Reading

The Snow Flea

  • January 7, 2021

Missoula hasn’t seen a lot of snow this winter, at least, not nearly as much as I would like; in fact,... Continue Reading

King of the Cave

  • December 31, 2020

Welcome Back to the Lab! And Happy New Year! I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m ready to... Continue Reading

Legend of the Christmas Spider

  • December 24, 2020

Welcome back to the lab! And Merry Christmas! We’re diving into more folklore this week with the legend of the Christmas... Continue Reading

Woolly Bears

  • December 17, 2020

During last week’s Online Bug Encounter, we dove into the history and folklore behind woolly bear caterpillars and their ability to “predict”... Continue Reading

Millipede or Centipede?

  • December 9, 2020

For the past several weeks, we’ve been hard at work wrapping up our citizen science projects for the year. We can’t... Continue Reading

Insect Winter Ecology: Freeze Tolerance

  • December 3, 2020

This week, we’re wrapping up our series on insect winter ecology with what could be the most extreme winter survival strategy... Continue Reading

Giving Thanks for Pollinators

  • November 26, 2020

In honor of the holiday, we’re taking a break from our series on Insect Winter Ecology to revisit a previous issue... Continue Reading

Insect Winter Ecology: Freeze Avoidance

  • November 19, 2020

Last week, we kicked off our series on insect winter ecology with a look into a well-known overwintering strategy: Migration. But not... Continue Reading