At the Museum
A Newt’s Nature
Cute orange-colored newts are interesting
little creatures. See if you can guess what’s
true and what’s not. Check them out in
habitats in the Nature Lab.
Their skin is not toxic.
They lay a ball of eggs as big as a golf ball.
When harassed, they expose their
orange underside as a warning.
When larvae, they breathe through gills.
Activities
Answers:
Butterfly Mysteries: T, F, T, T, T, F. Bug imposters:
A. bee; B. fly; C. fly; D. bee. A Newt’s Nature: F, T, T, T.
Outside
Butterfly Mysteries
Butterflies are flying around our Nature
Gardens and Butterfly Pavilion, and even
your backyard and school. Here are
some ways to identify this familiar
flutterer.
Look at this picture and
mark the correct answer:
Larger than a silver dollar
The size of a silver dollar
Wings are mostly black and yellow
Antennae have clubbed ends
Wings have small or no tails
Wings have big tails
Which is a bee and which is a fly?
A
C
B
D
At Home
Bug Imposters
What is that insect buzzing around you in your backyard
or school? Is it a bee or a fly? Sometimes it’s hard to tell!
In the boxes below, mark 1 for a fly and 2 for a bee.
A few bee/fly facts:
• Flies have two wings; bees have four.
• Flies hover; bees amble when they buzz around.
• Flies mimic bees for protection
(trick other animals to think they have stingers)
Habitat Tales
L.A.’s nature is surprising. Things are constantly changing
and still being discovered. Sometimes plants and animals
are pushed out when buildings go up, but others thrive.
Find out more about these live creatures in our
Nature Lab!
A Snaky Place
From dinky termite eaters to
venomous vipers, many snakes
call L.A. home. In the
Nature Lab
,
you can see a Gopher Snake
and a rattlesnake. Here are just
a few facts about snakes.
Did you know?
Western Yellow-
bellied Racers
has huge eyes and
great eyesight to
hunt prey.
Nightsnakes
generally travels
only a few yards
from its rocky home.
Gopher Snakes
hatch from eggs and
venture out into the
world on their own.
See one in the
Nature Lab.
PhilHuntley-Franck
KenKertell
TimHale
Mourning Cloak Butterfly
non-clubbed
antennae
long
tail
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Naturalist
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