Brian Brown en Second Ant-decapitating Fly Found in Glendale <p>Our scientists found another species of ant-decapitating fly in Glendale, <em>Pseudacteon amuletum</em>!</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/fly_c_2.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Pseudacteon amuletum.</em> Photo credit: Phyllis Sun</p> <p>Here&#39;s&nbsp;an account of this&nbsp;tiny, yet impressive fly, by Lisa Gonzalez, one of our <a href="" target="_blank">BioSCAN</a> entomologists:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> ant decapitating flies Brian Brown Flies Lisa Gonzalez phorid flies Pseudacteon Pseudacteon amuletum Blog Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:52:19 +0000 Lisa Gonzalez 833 at Ant-decapitating Fly Found in 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 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 Bee Sex in the Nature Gardens <p>In July 2011, our Curator of Entomology, Dr. Brian Brown, brought in some old&nbsp;redwood he had lying around his yard. He wasn&#39;t just trying to pawn off some lumber he didn&#39;t need anymore, we wanted it to make some <a href="">bee hotels</a>.&nbsp; Jerome Brown, one of our amazing exhibit technicians, fabricated two hotels and Phil Bouchard personally drilled the over 200 quarter inch holes (about an inch deep). Thanks guys!</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/Bees.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bee hotels Brian Brown Jerome Brown leaf cutter bees Lisa Gonzalez Megachile Megachilidae native bees Philip Bouchard Blog Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:15:38 +0000 Lila Higgins 810 at New Fly Species Likes to Party It Up Poolside in 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BioSCAN Brian Brown Flies Malaise trap phorid flies Blog Tue, 25 Dec 2012 02:35:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 708 at A Plague of Grasshoppers on Figueroa? <p>Recently, our garden staff has been finding&nbsp;LOADS of grasshoppers, but what are they all doing here? Are grasshoppers good for&nbsp;our gardens, or are they destructive like the plague of locusts (a swarming variety of&nbsp;grasshoppers in the family Acrididae)&nbsp;that appear in the&nbsp;Bible?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brian Brown Calle de Las Chapules David Ferguson Eric Eaton Figueroa Street grasshopper Grasshopper street Jonathan Gillet locust Margaret Hardin Melanoplus devastator Melanoplus yarrowii plague Blog Sat, 01 Dec 2012 07:42:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 710 at Massive Black Fly aka Mexican Cactus Fly <div dir="ltr" trbidi="on">Earlier this week I was outside being interviewed about Entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs. While they were setting up the camera and sound equipment I took a few moments to see what insects were visiting the bright yellow flowers on the bush I was standing next to. Among the usual honeybees, I saw a massive black fly. This fly was huge (3/4 of an inch in length) and really stood out against the yellow flowers. </div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brian Brown Copestylum mexicanum Flower Flies of Los Angeles County flower fly Mexican cactus fly Blog Sat, 17 Nov 2012 05:31:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 712 at Kinky Bug Found in Museum's Gardens <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 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 Are you Ready for the ZomBee Apocalypse? <p>Today, we&nbsp;launched our latest Citizen Science project, <a href="" target="_blank">ZomBee Watch</a>, in partnership with San Francisco State University. Yes, that&#39;s right folks, we want you&nbsp;to become a&nbsp;real life ZomBee Hunter! To inspire you to do so, sit back and relax while I tell you this epic story of zombification!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apis mellifera Apocephalus borealis Brian Brown colony collapse disorder European honey bees insect zombification John Hafernik ZomBee apocalypse ZomBee hunter ZomBee Watch zombie fly zombies Blog Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:16:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 686 at Kindergartner Finds Greater Yellow Underwing Moth on North Campus <p>This past weekend the Museum hosted the 26th annual Bug Fair. Over the course of 72 hours, more than 10,000 people visited us. These lucky visitors got to see, do, and taste many things. At Curator of Entomology Brian Brown's table, visitors were able to see the world's smallest fly from Thailand (oh and it just happens to be a brand new species in the genus <i>Euryplatea</i>). On our insect stage, they could meet Western Exterminator's bed bug sniffing dogs.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brian Brown Bug Fair Citizen Science David George Gordon David Gracer Entomophagy Greater Yellow Underwing Home Garden moth Noctua pronuba the Bug Chef Vanessa Vobis Blog Sat, 26 May 2012 02:52:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 695 at First Baby Oaks Sprout Up in the North Campus <p>The North Campus is the proud parent of some baby oak trees! <div><a href="" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" gda="true" height="267" src="" width="400" /></a></div> <div>Baby coast live oak sheltered by wall</div> <div> </div></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Babies Brian Brown Carol Bornstein coast live oak engelmann oak Oak tree Trees Blog Fri, 03 Feb 2012 06:51:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 671 at Niña de la Tierra: Children of the Earth <p>No it's not the title of a horror film, Children of the Earth is actually one of the many common names for <em>Stenopelmatus fuscus. </em>Other names lovingly given to this insect are Jerusalem Cricket, Potato Bug, Skull Insect, and my personal favorite, Devil's Baby! Earlier this week Sam Easterson found one in his front yard and captured this picture and footage.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brian Brown Children of the Earth Devil's Baby insects Jerusalem Cricket Nina de la Tierra Potato Bug Skull Insect Blog Thu, 10 Nov 2011 05:16:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 682 at North Campus Insect Survey <div><strong>Survey&nbsp;Fun</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brent Karner Brian Brown Carpenter bee insect survey insects Malaise trap Blog Sat, 23 Apr 2011 06:44:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 635 at New Fly for North Campus <p><strong>Insect Trapping </strong> <div>To better understand the insect diversity of the North Campus, we've started surveying the insect fauna on the construction site. A few months ago, Dr. Brian Brown, the Museum's Curator of Entomology, set up a Malaise trap. This type of trap is commonly used by entomologists to capture small flying insects, and so far we've collected hundreds! One of the coolest (at least in Brian's opinion, and now mine too) is the Boatman Fly.</div></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Boatman Fly Brian Brown Flies insect survey insects Blog Wed, 06 Apr 2011 06:47:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 637 at