Nature Gardens http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/314/all en Rare Nine-spotted Ladybug Found in L.A.! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/rare-nine-spotted-ladybug-found-la <p>During Bug Fair, I found a ladybug in the Museum&rsquo;s Nature Gardens, that didn&rsquo;t look familiar. It didn&rsquo;t have any spots, but it somehow looked different than all the other no-spotted ladybugs I&rsquo;d seen before. I took its photo, posted it to our <a href="http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/nature-gardens-survey-nhm-los-angeles" target="_blank">Nature Gardens Survey</a> on<em> iNaturalist</em>, and then totally forgot about it.</p> <p><em>Nine-spotted ladybug, photo taken by Harsi Parker</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/rare-nine-spotted-ladybug-found-la" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/rare-nine-spotted-ladybug-found-la#comments Bug Fair Claremont First Fridays Harsi Parker ladybug Ladybugs Lost Ladybug Project Nature Gardens nine-spotted ladybug Richard Smart Blog Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:19:58 +0000 Richard Smart 872 at http://www.nhm.org/nature The Flight of Monarch Butterfly 64365 http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flight-monarch-butterfly-64365 <p>Somewhere in L.A. a monarch egg hatched and out popped a tiny girl caterpillar. That caterpillar ate, and ate, and ate. She ate milkweed, the only plant she could, until she molted her skin. All told, she molted four times until she was a big, fat, stripy caterpillar with black tentacles. She made one last molt and formed a bright green chrysalis with shining golden spots. Two weeks later she emerged from that chrysalis as an adult, and then she flew. On November 17, 2014 she was spotted in the Museum&rsquo;s Nature Gardens. She was caught in a net, and gently removed by skilled hands.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flight-monarch-butterfly-64365" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flight-monarch-butterfly-64365#comments butterflies Citizen Science Monarch butterfly monarchs Nature Gardens Southwest Monarch Study Blog Wed, 20 May 2015 20:51:47 +0000 Lila Higgins 869 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Selfie Sticks and Hummingbird Nests http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/selfie-sticks-and-hummingbird-nests <p>We found another hummingbird nest in the Nature Gardens! On December 28th Miguel Orde&ntilde;ana, Museum Citizen Science Coordinator, found an Allen&#39;s Hummingbird, <em>Selasphorus sasin</em>, nest in&nbsp;our cork&nbsp;oak tree.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/Allen%27s%20hummingbird-Felipe%20Lepe_edited.jpg" style="width:100%" /></p> <p>Female Allen&#39;s Hummingbird, photo courtesy of Felipe Lepe.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/selfie-sticks-and-hummingbird-nests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/selfie-sticks-and-hummingbird-nests#comments Allen's Hummingbird cork oak hummingbirds Miguel Ordenana Nature Gardens Selasphorus sasin selfie stick selfie sticks Blog Wed, 07 Jan 2015 21:29:42 +0000 Lila Higgins 855 at http://www.nhm.org/nature First Lizard Found in Museum's Nature Gardens! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-lizard-found-museums-nature-gardens <p>On November 19, 2014 something happened at work that I&rsquo;ve been waiting three and half years for. Unfortunately, I wasn&rsquo;t here to witness it, but thanks to citizen science I was able to celebrate&nbsp;the discovery, even though I was 6,187 miles away.</p> <p>On that day, newly turned citizen scientist Toni Castillo documented the first lizard in the Museum&rsquo;s Nature Gardens.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/WFL_NG_FIRST.jpg" style="width: 100%;" /></p> <p>Photo courtesy of Toni Castillo</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-lizard-found-museums-nature-gardens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-lizard-found-museums-nature-gardens#comments Greg Pauly lizards Nature Gardens RASCals Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California Toni Castillo Western Fence Lizard Blog Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:42:47 +0000 Lila Higgins 854 at http://www.nhm.org/nature We Found a Western Red Bat in the Nature Gardens: A Small Visitor with Big Implications http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/we-found-western-red-bat-nature-gardens-small-visitor-big-implications <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/red_bat_ted2.jpg" style="width:100%" /></p> <p>Western red bat, <em>Lasiurus blossevillii, </em>photo by Ted Weller, US Forest Service.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/we-found-western-red-bat-nature-gardens-small-visitor-big-implications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/we-found-western-red-bat-nature-gardens-small-visitor-big-implications#comments bat detector bats Dan Cooper Lasiurus blossevillii Miguel Ordenana Nature Gardens Parastrellus hesperus red bats Stephanie Remington western red bat Blog Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:13:09 +0000 Lila Higgins 848 at http://www.nhm.org/nature 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