insects http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/234/all en Nature's Tiniest Potters http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/natures-tiniest-potters <p>Did you know there are small&nbsp;wasps here in Los Angeles that are potters? No, I don&#39;t mean some sort of&nbsp;weird waspish Harry Potter fan club&mdash;although that sounds like something&nbsp;I&#39;d be totally into&mdash;I mean wasps that use mud to make miniature pots. Take a look at the craftsmanship, the sharply narrowed neck and that wide&nbsp;fluted rim, exquisite!</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/potterwasp4.jpg" /></p> <p>Photo taken by NHM&nbsp;Head Gardener Richard Hayden, with my fingertip for some perspective!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/natures-tiniest-potters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/natures-tiniest-potters#comments baccharis Bugguide female potters Harry Potter insects Ken Wolgemuth Nature Gardens potter wasps pottery wasps Blog Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:49:33 +0000 Lila Higgins 818 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Do you have Museum Malaise? http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/do-you-have-museum-malaise <p>You better not! However, just in case you do I have a line of&nbsp;curative agents perfect&nbsp;for any and all afflicted with such exhibit ennui. The elixirs I speak of are our new L.A.&nbsp;nature exhibits, Nature Lab and Nature Gardens, and they&#39;re about to open on&nbsp;June 9!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/do-you-have-museum-malaise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/do-you-have-museum-malaise#comments BioSCAN Dean Pentcheff insects Malaise trap Nature Gardens Nature Lab robber fly Blog Fri, 03 May 2013 01:42:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 727 at http://www.nhm.org/nature I Have a Cockroach in My Office! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/i-have-cockroach-my-office <p><span><span><span><span>Last week, Tania Perez, who is on our Museum education staff, found a cockroach crawling on our office wall! Said roach was quickly trapped and contained and was waiting for me when I got back to my office. </span></span></span></span><span><span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/i-have-cockroach-my-office" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/i-have-cockroach-my-office#comments American Cockroach cockroach insects Periplaneta americana pest insects roach Blog Sat, 16 Jun 2012 01:37:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 692 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 Thorny Devils in the Garden http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/thorny-devils-garden <p>I was recently out and about in the garden and found some fascinating insects, Keelbacked Treehoppers, <em>Antianthe expansa.</em> They were on some of our celery plants and are, according to Vanessa Vobis Master Gardener and Museum Gallery Interpreter, "a very annoying pest on our tomatoes."</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/thorny-devils-garden" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/thorny-devils-garden#comments ant tending Antianthe expansa Cyphonia treehopper insects Keelbacked Treehoppers membracidae pest insects thorn mimics Vanessa Vobis Blog Sat, 10 Mar 2012 03:39:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 666 at http://www.nhm.org/nature First Clouded Sulphur Butterfly Pupa in North Campus http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-clouded-sulphur-butterfly-pupa-north-campus <p>Last week, Jany Alvarez, one of the Museum's Guest Relations staff, was sitting at the bus stop adjacent to the North Campus. While she was waiting for her bus, she saw an interesting sight<span>—</span>a caterpillar crawling along the sidewalk! Thinking that the caterpillar would be better off on a plant than on the cement, she picked the caterpillar up and placed it carefully on a <em>Dudleya</em> plant on the Living Wall. Later that day, another Guest Relations staffer watched the caterpillar pupate! By the time word travelled to me, the pupa looked like this:</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-clouded-sulphur-butterfly-pupa-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-clouded-sulphur-butterfly-pupa-north-campus#comments butterfly caterpillar Cloudless Sulphur Dudleya Feathery Cassias insects living wall Phoebis sennae pupa Senna Senna artemisioides Blog Fri, 24 Feb 2012 07:22:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 668 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Aphid Eating Flower Fly Found in North Campus http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/aphid-eating-flower-fly-found-north-campus <p><span>There are over 150,000 species of flies in the world! Most visitors who come to the Museum can name only a few of these flies (house fly, horse fly, or mosquito for examples) and many hold the belief that we would be better off without flies in our world. On Wednesday, January 18<span>,</span> we found a fly that I am sure will help you realize that all flies can't be cast as "bad" characters<span> </span>—<span> </span>I introduce the humble aphid eating flower fly, <em>Eupeodes volucris. </em></span> <div> </div></p><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/aphid-eating-flower-fly-found-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/aphid-eating-flower-fly-found-north-campus#comments aphids Eupoeodes volucris Flies flower fly hoverfly insects syrphid fly syrphidae Blog Sat, 21 Jan 2012 06:04:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 673 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 The Twelve Days of Christmas http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-christmas <p>On the Twelfth Day of Christmas the North Campus gave to me...</p> <p>Twelve&nbsp;skippers skipping<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-christmas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-christmas#comments birds butterfly caterpillar crow Flies hummingbirds insects ladybug mammals Twelve days of christmas Blog Sat, 24 Dec 2011 04:33:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 676 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Niña de la Tierra: Children of the Earth http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ni%C3%B1-de-la-tierra-children-earth <p>No it's not the title of a horror film, Children of the Earth is actually one of the many common names for <em>Stenopelmatus fuscus. </em>Other names lovingly given to this insect are Jerusalem Cricket, Potato Bug, Skull Insect, and my personal favorite, Devil's Baby! Earlier this week Sam Easterson found one in his front yard and captured this picture and footage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ni%C3%B1-de-la-tierra-children-earth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ni%C3%B1-de-la-tierra-children-earth#comments Brian Brown Children of the Earth Devil's Baby insects Jerusalem Cricket Nina de la Tierra Potato Bug Skull Insect Blog Thu, 10 Nov 2011 05:16:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 682 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Praying Mantis http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/praying-mantis <p>Earlier this week I saw my first praying mantis in the North Campus! I was walking back from lunch at USC and there she was right in front of me on the path. <div><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y6t9z8G31_A/TrQg5o9I6xI/AAAAAAAAAMc/zLEdigMKA7c/s1600/mantis.JPG" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="298" ida="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y6t9z8G31_A/TrQg5o9I6xI/AAAAAAAAAMc/zLEdigMKA7c/s400/mantis.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div>Female Mediterranean Mantid, <em>Iris oratoria</em>, running for cover</div> <div> </div></p><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/praying-mantis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/praying-mantis#comments insects Mediterranean Mantis Praying mantis Blog Sat, 05 Nov 2011 03:12:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 683 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Today on the North Campus http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/today-north-campus <p>I went out for a walk around the North Campus today and this is what I saw:</p> <p>They are filling the pond to make sure there aren&#39;t any leaks and that the waterfall cascade is level.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/today-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/today-north-campus#comments butterfly fungi insects Monarch butterfly morel mushrooms Pond pupa Blog Tue, 25 Oct 2011 06:09:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 646 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Flesh Flies and CSI! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flesh-flies-and-csi <p>Since it's October I decided to focus the rest of this month's posts on Halloween inspired themes. Wracking my brains for topics, I realized something I saw last week in the basement would fit the bill nicely. Flesh flies!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flesh-flies-and-csi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flesh-flies-and-csi#comments CSI flesh flies Flies forensic entomology Gray flesh flies insects Shawna Joplin Blog Fri, 21 Oct 2011 05:32:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 647 at http://www.nhm.org/nature North Campus Monarchs http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-monarchs <div>Yesterday afternoon myself and number of other staff members braved the heat to continue our survey of North Campus insects. On the heels of last week&#39;s Gulf Fritillary discovery, I found the site&#39;s first Monarch butterfly caterpillar, <em>Danaus plexippus</em>!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ICWK6TMo6bo/TpdSNRrp52I/AAAAAAAAAJw/vCq8cetmY24/s1600/NC_Monarch.jpg"><img src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/NC_Monarch.jpg" /></a></div> <div>Monarch butterfly caterpillar</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-monarchs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-monarchs#comments butterfly caterpillar insects milkweed Monarch butterfly monarch tagging narrow-leaved milkweed Blog Fri, 14 Oct 2011 05:44:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 648 at http://www.nhm.org/nature First Caterpillar Record for North Campus! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-caterpillar-record-north-campus <div>The last few weeks I have been spoiled with bloggable stories, but this week I needed inspiration. I took a stroll out to the North Campus to see what I could find, and was excited to happen upon the first North Campus caterpillar.</div> <div></div> <div>The caterpillar I found was in the last and final "J stage" of its larval lifecycle, just about to pupate.  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-caterpillar-record-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-caterpillar-record-north-campus#comments butterfly Gulf Fritillary butterfly insects Lavender Lady passion vine Passiflora passion vine pupa Blog Thu, 06 Oct 2011 04:30:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 649 at http://www.nhm.org/nature