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California Tortoiseshell (top) and Milbert’s Tortoiseshell

  • April 9, 2020

California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica): The brightly colored dorsal (upper) side of the wings is opposite to their ventral (under) side, which looks... Continue Reading

Northwestern Azure (Celastrina echo nigrescens)

This species of butterfly falls in a subfamily of butterflies known as the blues because …well, the top-side of their wings... Continue Reading

Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)

There’s only one generation of this butterfly each year …but you can see it at two different times of the year.... Continue Reading

Six Spotted Fishing Spider (Dolomedes triton)

This semiaquatic spider is one of eight species of fishing spiders in the Dolomedes genus found in the US and Canada.... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

Ticks: Ixodida Listen, I tried to find a silver lining to ticks. I really did. But being the disease ecology nerd... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

Harvestmen: Opiliones Harvestmen, commonly known as daddy long-legs, belong to the order Opiliones, and no, they are not spiders! They are an ancient... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

  • April 8, 2020

Spiders: Araneae  truly don’t even know where to start with this, the most popular of arachnid orders. We all know spiders.... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

  • April 2, 2020

Some arthropods get more love than others. If you asked people to personally rank arthropods on a scale of “Aw, it’s... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Giant Prickly Stick Insect

  • March 31, 2020

The focus of today’s Notes from the Lab is a popular one; one of my favorite insects to bring to outreach... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Bugs in Medicine

  • March 20, 2020

Let’s face it: This week.Has.Been.Rough. Personally, I find myself hitting the refresh button on my news page every ten minutes, just... Continue Reading