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Category Archives: Notes from the Lab

Notes from the Lab: Rainbow Scarab Beetle

  • June 11, 2020

There are things in this world that were meant to be together. Peanut butter and jelly. Baseball and hotdogs (or beer).... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: The World’s Oldest Bug

  • June 4, 2020

Arthropods are some of the oldest living animals on the planet. That is to say, they appear in the fossil record... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Bugs in Space!

  • May 28, 2020

In honor of the (now upcoming) SpaceX launch on Saturday, I figured we’d pay homage to some of the animals who helped pave... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Metamorphosis

  • May 21, 2020

By now you’re probably familiar with the molting process: we’ve covered it in a previous issue of Notes from the Lab and during... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Asian Giant Hornet

  • May 14, 2020

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in the Big Brother house, you’ve probably heard about “murder hornets.” Vespa mandarinia, the Asian Giant... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Polly Molt Watch 2020!

  • May 7, 2020

In case you missed yesterday’s Online Bug Encounter, we have a very special update on everyone’s favorite Bug Ambassador! Polly, our... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

  • April 30, 2020

Microwhip Scorpions: Palpigradi There are only 79 species of this ancient arachnid order, and they look like slender vinegaroon nymphs. Like the... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

Vinegaroons: Thelyphonida Vinegaroons are often referred to as simply “whip scorpions” whereas the amblypigids (above) are referred to as “tailless whip scorpions.” They... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

Tailless Whip Scorpions: Amblypygi We’ve covered the tailless whip scorpion in a previous issue of Notes from the Lab, but they are arachnids, and... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

  • April 24, 2020

Hooded Tickspiders: Ricinulei Hooded tickspiders are neither ticks, nor spiders. Like mites, their lineage is an ongoing debate, with the most recent... Continue Reading