Shawna Joplin en Bugging Out in Arizona <p>Hey folks, I'm out of town this week at the Invertebrates in Education and Conservation Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Forgive me for not providing you with your weekly dose of L.A. urban nature, hopefully the images I'll share of the insects we're finding here in Tucson will suffice!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chrysina gloriosa glorious scarab beetle mercury vapor light night lighting ox beetle Pachysphinx occidentalis poplar sphinx moth Shawna Joplin Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute Strategus aloeus Blog Sat, 04 Aug 2012 04:11:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 685 at Rotting Fruit and Puddle Parties: Check out the Butterfly Pavilion! <p>It is that time of year again! Sunday is the opening of our Butterfly Pavilion, and although we still have hundreds of free-flying butterflies there's a lot that has changed out there. We have replanted the entire space, adding many more nectar and host plants for adults and caterpillars. We have also added new food sources for some of the adult butterflies that aren't quite so partial to sipping nectar!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Battus philenor Buckeye butterfly butterflies Butterfly Pavilion Junonia coenia Lydia Gotcher Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa Pipevine Swallowtail Shawna Joplin Blog Sat, 07 Apr 2012 04:59:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 702 at 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 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 Men's Restroom in Long Beach is Voted Best Spider Collecting Site <div>Over the past few weeks&nbsp;myself and Shawna Joplin, Museum Coordinator of Animal Care and Education,&nbsp;have been madly working to get the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Spider Pavilion</a> ready by collecting hundreds of spiders for display. This involved a trip to the swamps of New Orleans to collect the largest orb weavers&nbsp;in North America and also multiple collecting trips around Los Angeles for&nbsp;our local spider species.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> golden silk spider orb weaver Shawna Joplin silver garden orb weaver Spider Pavilion spiders Zack Lemann Blog Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 650 at