dragonflies http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/149/all en Twelve Days of Los Angeles Nature: 2013 http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-los-angeles-nature-2013 <p>Let&#39;s celebrate another year of L.A.&#39;s AMAZING BIODIVERSITY. The benevolent blogger that I am, here are your gifts:</p> <p>Twelve&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/rattlesnakes-los-angeles-times" target="_blank">Rattlers</a> Rattling</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/12_rattlesnakes_rattling.jpg" /><br /> Eleven <a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/natures-tiniest-potters" target="_blank">Potter Wasps</a>&nbsp;Piping</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-los-angeles-nature-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-los-angeles-nature-2013#comments 12 days of christmas ant decapitating flies avocado California newts dragonflies glowworms gray fox green anole LA River lizard Los Angeles mexican amberwing Mountain Lion Opossum P-22 planarians potter wasps Praying mantis rattlesnakes urban nature Blog Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:08:19 +0000 Lila Higgins 831 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Oh My, What Lovely Saddlebags You Have! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/oh-my-what-lovely-saddlebags-you-have <p>Quick Dragonfly Update!</p> <p>I&#39;ve documented another dragonfly visiting our pond. It was a Black Saddlebags, <em>Tramea lacerata</em>. My phone&#39;s camera couldn&#39;t capture a picture of this fast-flying critter,&nbsp;but I was able to send myself&nbsp;an e-mail documenting the find. Here&#39;s the e-mail:</p> <p>&quot;Saw a saddlebags by pond<br /> August 22, 2012<br /> 3:00pm&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/oh-my-what-lovely-saddlebags-you-have" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/oh-my-what-lovely-saddlebags-you-have#comments Black Saddlebags dragonflies Odonata Pond Tramea lacerata Blog Wed, 12 Sep 2012 07:58:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 720 at http://www.nhm.org/nature We've Got Flying Neon Toothpicks in Our Pond http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/weve-got-flying-neon-toothpicks-our-pond <p>I admit it! I totally stole the title of this week's blog from my Facebook friend John Acorn, aka The Nature Nut. To be specific, I gleaned this gem of a title from one of his books, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Damselflies-Alberta-Flying-Toothpicks-Insects/dp/0888644191" target="_blank">Damselflies of Alberta: Flying Neon Toothpicks in the Grass</a></em>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/weve-got-flying-neon-toothpicks-our-pond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/weve-got-flying-neon-toothpicks-our-pond#comments damselflies dragonflies Flame Skimmer Ischnura cervula John Acorn Kimball Garrett Libellula saturata Odonata Pacific Forktail Pantala flavascens Sam Easterson The Nature Nut Wandering Glider Blog Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:26:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 723 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Pond Babies: Dragonflies and Diving Beetles http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/pond-babies-dragonflies-and-diving-beetles <div></div> <div>Two weeks ago I told you I'd fill you in when I found dragonfly nymphs in our pond. I wasn't expecting to be able to give you this update so quickly, but SURPRISE, nature moves fast, people! In the last few weeks, I've found more than 50 dragonfly exuviae (the papery exoskeletons shed between molts) attached to the rocks of the pond. Of course, this prompted me to take out my dip net and look for nymphs in the water.Here's a picture of one I found: </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/pond-babies-dragonflies-and-diving-beetles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/pond-babies-dragonflies-and-diving-beetles#comments Babies beetles dragonflies insects mayflies midges mosquitoes Pond predacious diving beetle Sympetrum corruptum variegated meadowhawk Blog Fri, 18 May 2012 02:40:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 696 at http://www.nhm.org/nature InSEX: Mating's Risqué Business in the Insect World http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/insex-matings-risqu%C3%A9-business-insect-world <p><span>Last night I hosted an InSEX dinner at an undisclosed and secret&nbsp;location.&nbsp;No, we weren&#39;t eating insects (in fact, we had a lovely vegetarian meal). Instead, we were&nbsp;discussing their&nbsp;weird, wonderful, and various&nbsp;reproductive strategies!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/insex-matings-risqu%C3%A9-business-insect-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/insex-matings-risqu%C3%A9-business-insect-world#comments dragonflies insect sex InSEX Kimball Garrett Odes Pond Sympetrum corruptum variegated meadowhawk Vietnamese walking stick walking sticks Blog Fri, 04 May 2012 03:33:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 698 at http://www.nhm.org/nature