BioSCAN http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/50/all en The Real L.A. Noir: The True-life Insect Cannibals and Murderers in our Midst http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/real-la-noir-true-life-insect-cannibals-and-murderers-our-midst <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/Concera_tibialis_15707_01_edit.jpg" style="width:100%" /></p> <p>The coffin fly. Image courtesy of Kelsey Bailey.</p> <p>As you get into your car in the parking lot of the Trader Joe&rsquo;s in Silver Lake in Los Angeles, you might just be within arm&rsquo;s reach of cannibals. Not the human kind &ndash; but the insect variety.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/real-la-noir-true-life-insect-cannibals-and-murderers-our-midst" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/real-la-noir-true-life-insect-cannibals-and-murderers-our-midst#comments ant decapitating fly BioSCAN coffin fly dragonly Hollywood Forever Cemetery insects LA Noir LA River Los Angeles phorid flies twisted wing parasite zombee zombie fly Blog Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:21:50 +0000 Lila Higgins 849 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Ant-decapitating Fly Found in Glendale! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ant-decapitating-fly-found-glendale <p>I just&nbsp;found out we have ant-decapitating flies here in Los Angeles! Dr. Brian Brown,&nbsp;the Museum&#39;s Curator of Entomology and&nbsp;one of the world&#39;s foremost experts on flies, made&nbsp;a chance discovery by looking right under the nose of an unsuspecting USC student.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ant-decapitating-fly-found-glendale" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ant-decapitating-fly-found-glendale#comments ant decapitating fly BioSCAN Brian Brown Flies fly Glendale Los Angeles Nature Luis Chiappe phorid flies phoridae Pseudacteon Blog Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:16:55 +0000 Lila Higgins 828 at http://www.nhm.org/nature June Beetles and Night Lights http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/june-beetles-and-night-lights <p>This last weekend I&nbsp;stayed&nbsp;at Table Mountain campground&nbsp;in the Los Angeles National Forest and was visited by a group of beetles. No, not the British pop group out on a time-travelling-night-time-forest jaunt &ndash; though that would be blog worthy indeed.&nbsp;My camp buddies and I were visited by a&nbsp;gang of 40 adult male scarab beetles!</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/camping%20beetles.JPG" /></p> <p>Three of the gang,&nbsp;hanging out on our picnic table. No they&#39;re not eating our hot dogs, they prefer pine needles</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/june-beetles-and-night-lights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/june-beetles-and-night-lights#comments BioSCAN Dale Habritter Los Angeles National Forest nigh lighting NightWatch Polyphylla decemlineata scarab beetles Table Mountain camp ground Ten-lined June Beetle Blog Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:58:55 +0000 Lila Higgins 811 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 New Fly Species Likes to Party It Up Poolside in Brentwood http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/new-fly-species-likes-party-it-poolside-brentwood <p>I've been scratching my head for a story to tell in this week's blog. At 6:20 last night it hit me! I've never related our Curator of Entomology, Brian Brown's, story of how he discovered a brand new species of fly, right here in Los Angeles! That's right folks, undiscovered fly species are here right under your noses <span><span><span>— </span></span></span>oh and don't forget that one that  flew into your eyeball, maybe that was new to science too, I guess next time you should try to save it!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/new-fly-species-likes-party-it-poolside-brentwood" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/new-fly-species-likes-party-it-poolside-brentwood#comments BioSCAN Brian Brown Flies Malaise trap phorid flies Blog Tue, 25 Dec 2012 02:35:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 708 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Kinky Bug Found in Museum's Gardens http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/kinky-bug-found-museums-gardens <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/kinky-bug-found-museums-gardens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/kinky-bug-found-museums-gardens#comments bed bugs BioSCAN Brian Brown Coridromius chenopoderis Francesca Zern mirid plant bug North Campus pests traumatic insemination true bugs Blog Thu, 27 Sep 2012 06:30:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 718 at http://www.nhm.org/nature