Pond http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/370/all en Oh My, What Lovely Saddlebags You Have! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/oh-my-what-lovely-saddlebags-you-have <p>Quick Dragonfly Update!</p> <p>I&#39;ve documented another dragonfly visiting our pond. It was a Black Saddlebags, <em>Tramea lacerata</em>. My phone&#39;s camera couldn&#39;t capture a picture of this fast-flying critter,&nbsp;but I was able to send myself&nbsp;an e-mail documenting the find. Here&#39;s the e-mail:</p> <p>&quot;Saw a saddlebags by pond<br /> August 22, 2012<br /> 3:00pm&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/oh-my-what-lovely-saddlebags-you-have" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/oh-my-what-lovely-saddlebags-you-have#comments Black Saddlebags dragonflies Odonata Pond Tramea lacerata Blog Wed, 12 Sep 2012 07:58:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 720 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 Who's Visiting the Pond? http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whos-visiting-pond <p><span>On the tails<span>&nbsp;(</span>mammal and&nbsp;bird&nbsp;tails that is)&nbsp;of last week&#39;s post, I thought I&#39;d continue to focus your attention on our wonderful new pond. Sam Easterson has set up some of his trusty camera traps next to the waterfall to see who might be visiting the pond. Check out the following images to see what he has found so far.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div><span>Nighttime is busy at the pond!</span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whos-visiting-pond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whos-visiting-pond#comments American Crow birds Black-headed Grosbeak Camera trap cats mammals Mourning Dove Pond Sam Easterson Swainson's Thrush Virginia opossum Warbling Vireo Western gulls Western Kingbird Western Tanager Blog Fri, 11 May 2012 04:27:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 697 at http://www.nhm.org/nature InSEX: Mating's Risqué Business in the Insect World http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/insex-matings-risqu%C3%A9-business-insect-world <p><span>Last night I hosted an InSEX dinner at an undisclosed and secret&nbsp;location.&nbsp;No, we weren&#39;t eating insects (in fact, we had a lovely vegetarian meal). Instead, we were&nbsp;discussing their&nbsp;weird, wonderful, and various&nbsp;reproductive strategies!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/insex-matings-risqu%C3%A9-business-insect-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/insex-matings-risqu%C3%A9-business-insect-world#comments dragonflies insect sex InSEX Kimball Garrett Odes Pond Sympetrum corruptum variegated meadowhawk Vietnamese walking stick walking sticks Blog Fri, 04 May 2012 03:33:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 698 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Piranhas Found in L.A.! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/piranhas-found-la <p>Piranhas are the stuff of B-movies, sensationalized nature television, and the tropical rainforest. Most would think they have little bearing on life here in L.A., however as I learned last week, this is not the case.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/piranhas-found-la" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/piranhas-found-la#comments fish game North Campus piranha Pond Blog Wed, 07 Dec 2011 02:11:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 678 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 We're Building a Pond http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/were-building-pond <div>This morning I got to work and did my usual cursory look out of the office window. This is what I saw:</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bvUB1kyJgtw/TfD4EyProDI/AAAAAAAAAEo/BVGwVtgtvaI/s1600/Pond_breakingground.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bvUB1kyJgtw/TfD4EyProDI/AAAAAAAAAEo/BVGwVtgtvaI/s320/Pond_breakingground.jpg" width="320" /></a></div> <div>Breaking ground on the pond</div> <div> </div> <div>I know a hole in the ground doesn't get many people excited, but it definitely made my day. </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/were-building-pond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/were-building-pond#comments Mia Lehrer + Associates Pond turtles western pond turtle Blog Fri, 10 Jun 2011 02:30:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 625 at http://www.nhm.org/nature What are the Nature Gardens? http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/what-are-nature-gardens <div>We&#39;re taking the Museum outside! A new outdoor nature area is sprouting up around the Natural History Museum, bringing a fun and interactive park and habitat area right into the heart of the city. Think of it as the city&#39;s new backyard, filled with a range of garden environments and interactive opportunities for visitors of all ages to watch birds and search for bugs, stroll along a creek, ramble through a grove of trees, and gaze at butterflies and bees in a new Pollinator Garden.</div> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/what-are-nature-gardens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/what-are-nature-gardens#comments North Campus Pollinator Garden Pond Blog Tue, 01 Mar 2011 09:04:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 643 at http://www.nhm.org/nature