eggs en Baby Mantis Explosion <p>Lately, I've been so busy working on our new Nature Lab exhibit (OPENING THIS JUNE PEOPLE) that I rarely make it into my office anymore. Earlier this week, I popped in to check some e-mails (fun I know) and what do you think I found?An explosion of praying mantids!They were on my #2 pencils: <div><img border="0" height="265" src="" width="400" /></div> <div>#cute</div> <div align="center"> </div> </p><p>They were on my scissors:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Babies egg case eggs mantids ootheca Praying mantis Blog Sat, 30 Mar 2013 05:29:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 704 at Q: What are Those Miniature Spiky Puffballs? A: Brown Widow Egg Sacs <div>Earlier this week, staff found&nbsp;some&nbsp;small circular egg cases on a gate in the North Campus. Upon closer inspection we realized they were&nbsp;brown widow,<em> Latrodectus geometricus,</em> egg sacs. But how did we know this?</div> <div><a href="" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" hea="true" height="300" src="" width="400" /></a></div> <div> </div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> black widow brown widow eggs Spider Pavilion spiders Blog Sat, 22 Sep 2012 07:31:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 719 at Walking Sticks Mysteriously Appear in Museum <p>Last Friday two Indian walking sticks, <em>Carausius morosus</em>, mysteriously showed up inside the Museum! They didn't escape from the Insect Zoo (we've never kept this species of walking stick before), and we haven't been able to find out exactly how they got here. What we do know is that the insects were discovered after a visitor felt one "fall" on his arm, and then promptly reported it to a staff person. <div> </div></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Carausius morosus eggs Indian walking stick insects pests stick insects walking sticks Blog Fri, 06 Jan 2012 05:21:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 674 at Eggs Hatch in Black Phoebe Nest <p>Here is a quick nest update for the Black Phoebes, the babies have hatched! Sam was able to catch these images of the action. <div> <a href="" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="178px" src="" width="320px" /></a></div> <div>Mom on the nest</div> <div> </div></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Babies birds Black Phoebe eggs nest Blog Wed, 18 May 2011 05:50:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 631 at Black Phoebes Build Nest <div><strong>More Nest Surveillance</strong></div> <div></div> <div>This week we found another active bird nest! This nest belongs to a pair of Black Phoebes, <em>Sayornis nigricans,</em> and is built under the eaves of the Rose Garden maintenance shed. Once again this find is thanks to Kimball Garrett, who noticed the nest Monday morning on one of his regular Expo Park bird surveys. </div> <div></div> <div></div> <div> Footage of the phoebe landing on her nest</div> <div></div> <div><strong>Naughty Neighbors</strong></div> <div> </div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> birds Black Phoebe Eastern Fox Squirrel eggs Kimball Garrett nest squirrels Blog Sat, 07 May 2011 04:15:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 633 at