Nature Lab en L.A.'s Endangered Nature: Giant Flower-loving Flies <p>Ever heard of a fly that is big enough to be mistaken for a small hummingbird? Don&rsquo;t worry this is not some horror movie featuring an overly large arthropod (think <em>The Fly</em>, <em>Them</em>, or the upcoming <a href="" target="_blank">Big Ass Spider </a>movie) this is real-life nature! Also, this is rare nature for Los Angeles; these flies are very, very uncommon in our region.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/delhi%20sands%20fly%20exhibit.jpg" /></p> <p>Ever seen this exhibit?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Big Ass Spider movie Delhi Sands Flower-loving Fly El Segundo Flower-loving Fly endangered species Flies giant flower-loving fly Nature Lab Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis Rhaphiomidas terminatus terminatus Blog Fri, 09 Aug 2013 19:25:38 +0000 Lila Higgins 815 at Memory Mapping Los Angeles @ Leo Politi Elementary <p>This Sunday our brand new Nature Lab opens for every Angeleno&nbsp;to enjoy. Aside from all the other fun stuff that will be in the exhibit &mdash; live animals, camera trap footage, awesome taxidermy&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;it&#39;s going to be a place to tell stories about L.A.&#39;s surprising biodiversity. During the development of the Nature Lab we would often find ourselves sitting around a table&nbsp;telling&nbsp;stories of the crazy nature encounters we&#39;d had.&nbsp;Like the time my friend Kristin left her favorite bar in downtown and saw a deer walking down the street! Seriously.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anne Field Brad Rumble Brian Rea communal table elementary school LA Audubon LA nature Leo Politi Elementary school Liz Burrill Lizzie Swift Mark Todd Martha Rich memory maps Nature Lab nature memories Blog Thu, 06 Jun 2013 18:55:05 +0000 Lila Higgins 808 at Rattlesnakes Like the Los Angeles Times <div>There are only ten days left until our new exhibit, Nature Lab, opens. Last week, I introduced you to some babies that are moving in, and&nbsp;this week I want to introduce you to&nbsp;rescued contraband!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This is Obsidian, our new Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, <em>Crotalus oreganus helleri. </em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div><img src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/894701_10151509262912418_966315439_o.jpg" /></div> <div>Obsidian chilling with his morning paper!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> crossword puzzle Crotalus oreganus helleri Gadsden's Flag Los Angeles Times Natural Toxins Research Center Nature Lab Rats rattlesnake rattlesnake venom Southern Pacific Rattlesnake venom Blog Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:06:57 +0000 Lila Higgins 805 at Spring Babies in the Nature Lab <p><span>There are only 17 days left until our Nature Gardens and Nature Lab&nbsp;exhibits open! This makes me extremely excited and a little bit nauseous.&nbsp;To cope with the&nbsp;craziness, all I have to do is go and visit&nbsp; our new Nature Lab babies. Just in case you&#39;re feeling stressed out too, here&#39;s some baby love&nbsp;for you:</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Babies brown rats California newt Crayfish harvester ants Nature Lab Norway rats Opossum Virginia opossum Blog Wed, 29 May 2013 20:11:08 +0000 Lila Higgins 759 at 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 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 Ant Love From an Ant Nerd <p>A few weeks ago, this ant nerd traveled to the wilds of Arizona to pick up two ant colonies. Yes, myself and Leslie Gordon (the Museum&#39;s live animal queen), drove over 1000 miles in under two days to bring a few hundred ants back to the Museum. Why?<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div> <a href=""><img src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/DSC01520.JPG" /></a> </div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> ant colony ant exhibits ant farm ant nest ants harvester ants Nature Lab Pogonomyrmex rugosus pogos Blog Sun, 24 Feb 2013 03:06:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 705 at