wasps http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/466/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 Twelve Days of Christmas 2012 http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-christmas-2012 <p>Since tomorrow is the twelfth day of Christmas, I thought I&#39;d give you your belated gifts. Of course they&#39;re all part of L.A.&#39;s surprising biodiversity, yes even those&nbsp;turtle wasps!</p> <p>Twelve <a href="/nature/blog/weevil-weevil-does-total-agave-meltdown" target="_blank">weevils</a> wandering<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-christmas-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-christmas-2012#comments ants cockroach Cooper's Hawk crab spider Greater Yellow Underwing pepsis wasp phorid flies spittlebugs squirrel Twelve days of christmas wasps weevil Yellow-rumped Warbler Blog Sat, 05 Jan 2013 05:48:00 +0000 admin 707 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Do Wasps Have Free Will? http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/do-wasps-have-free-will <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/do-wasps-have-free-will" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/do-wasps-have-free-will#comments antisphexishness Daniel Dennett Douglas Hofstadter Elbow Room free will Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus sphexish wasps Blog Sat, 21 Jul 2012 06:15:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 687 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Paper Wasps Sting Museum Taxidermist! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/paper-wasps-sting-museum-taxidermist <p>When Tim Bovard, the Museum's taxidermist, told me about getting stung by wasps on the fourth floor patio, I had to investigate, especially since I sometimes eat lunch up there. During a much needed afternoon break from my computer, I went in search of the offenders. <div>What I found on my afternoon foray were some large and impressive nests, definitely worthy of a blog entry. So of course I asked Sam if he would take pictures for me, and I went to work identifying them. </div> <div> </div></p><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/paper-wasps-sting-museum-taxidermist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/paper-wasps-sting-museum-taxidermist#comments insects Paper wasps Sam Easterson Tim Bovard wasps Blog Tue, 13 Sep 2011 06:51:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 653 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Waiter There's a Wasp in my Fig! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/waiter-theres-wasp-my-fig <p>A couple weeks ago we had the second round of our North Campus insect survey. Fifteen Museum staff tromped around&nbsp;the North&nbsp;Campus to see what insectuous wonders we could collect. Although we found some notably large specimens,&nbsp;the largest being a 3-inch bird grasshopper (<em>Schistocerca</em> sp.), the most interesting find was actually something a lot&nbsp;smaller. Much, much smaller in fact: a minute fig wasp about 2 millimeters in length!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/waiter-theres-wasp-my-fig" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/waiter-theres-wasp-my-fig#comments fig wasps figs grasshopper insects wasps Blog Sat, 06 Aug 2011 04:34:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 657 at http://www.nhm.org/nature