eggs http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/156/all en Baby Mantis Explosion http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/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="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FqUa2M9n9ns/UVYTgE0JGkI/AAAAAAAAA_E/7O4J8yYm--8/s400/DSC01857.JPG" width="400" /></div> <div>#cute</div> <div align="center"> </div> </p><p>They were on my scissors:</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/baby-mantis-explosion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/baby-mantis-explosion#comments Babies egg case eggs mantids ootheca Praying mantis Blog Sat, 30 Mar 2013 05:29:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 704 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Q: What are Those Miniature Spiky Puffballs? A: Brown Widow Egg Sacs http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/q-what-are-those-miniature-spiky-puffballs-brown-widow-egg-sacs <div>Earlier this week, staff found some small circular egg cases on a gate in the North Campus. Upon closer inspection we realized they were brown widow,<em> Latrodectus geometricus,</em> egg sacs. But how did we know this?</div> <div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xiVfBA8lozM/UFEu6dl45VI/AAAAAAAAAsc/GhDGC5TGLio/s1600/BrownWidowCameraTrap2.JPG" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" hea="true" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xiVfBA8lozM/UFEu6dl45VI/AAAAAAAAAsc/GhDGC5TGLio/s400/BrownWidowCameraTrap2.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/q-what-are-those-miniature-spiky-puffballs-brown-widow-egg-sacs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/q-what-are-those-miniature-spiky-puffballs-brown-widow-egg-sacs#comments black widow brown widow eggs Spider Pavilion spiders Blog Sat, 22 Sep 2012 07:31:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 719 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Walking Sticks Mysteriously Appear in Museum http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/walking-sticks-mysteriously-appear-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="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/walking-sticks-mysteriously-appear-museum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/walking-sticks-mysteriously-appear-museum#comments 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 http://www.nhm.org/nature Eggs Hatch in Black Phoebe Nest http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/eggs-hatch-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="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xiPBwGYqkoY/TdLQbCvUECI/AAAAAAAAAD0/962lsGntlC0/s1600/Parent.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="178px" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xiPBwGYqkoY/TdLQbCvUECI/AAAAAAAAAD0/962lsGntlC0/s320/Parent.jpg" width="320px" /></a></div> <div>Mom on the nest</div> <div> </div></p><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/eggs-hatch-black-phoebe-nest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/eggs-hatch-black-phoebe-nest#comments Babies birds Black Phoebe eggs nest Blog Wed, 18 May 2011 05:50:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 631 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Black Phoebes Build Nest http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/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="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-phoebes-build-nest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-phoebes-build-nest#comments birds Black Phoebe Eastern Fox Squirrel eggs Kimball Garrett nest squirrels Blog Sat, 07 May 2011 04:15:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 633 at http://www.nhm.org/nature