Bug Art Wednesday: Lace Bug

Lace Bug

Lace Bug

You have to look very closely to see a Lace Bug because they are very small, only 3 to 4cm in length. They are found on the underside of leaves in forests throughout BC.

Lace Bugs, as their name implies, have very intricate and elegant wings.

You will notice that their wings extend out beyond their legs, this is to give themselves added camouflage against predators.

If you find one of these then you can consider yourself a true bugster!

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Space Art Monday: Australia’s Darwin Crater Meteorite

Australia's Darwin Crater site of Meteorite

Australia’s Darwin Crater site of Meteorite

Almost a million years ago a meteorite landed in a swamp at what is now known as Australia’s Darwin Crater. Recently fragments of ancient swamp  matter were found at the site.

Where did this organic matter come from?

Scientists say that similar organic samples could have been thrown into space by this meteorite, allowing organics to be transported from one planet to another!

Have a great week.

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Hummingbird Poetry

Hummingbird Poetry

Hummingbird Poetry

Hummm Hummm
sky blue
Hummm Hummm
something is coming
Hummm Hummm
winds ruffle leaves
Hummm Hummm
cool air flows from the moutains
Hummm Hummm
louder than bumble bees
Hummm Hummm
more arrive to gather nectar
Hummm Hummm
alpine meadows
sparkle with red
blue
pink
flowers and hummingbirds

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Bug Art Wednesday: cave crickets

Cave Cricket

Cave Crickets live throughout BC

Throughout BC there are Cave Crickets! They live in dark places like under rocks and old fallen trees as well as caves. These dark places are typically moist and a good source of food for the crickets.

Cave Crickets do not have wings so they don’t make that chirping sound. What is most striking about this cricket is that it has very long antennae and elongated back legs.

There is a famous cave painting in France that shows the Cave Cricket some 16,000 years ago! “plus ça change plus c’est la même”

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Space Art Monday: Planet Kepler 78b

Planet Kepler-78b

Planet Kepler-78b; space creature

Wow! Planet Kepler 78b is the first known Earth-sized planet with an Earth-like density. Plus, it is a member of a new class of planets which orbit their stars in under 12 hours.

Planet Kepler 78b is found in the constellation Cygnus and is about 20 percent larger than Earth. It has a density similar to Earth, which suggests an Earth-like composition of iron and rock.

What kind of creatures live there? Here is a relative of our sea horse that could be found on Planet Kepler 78b.

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Bug Art Wednesday: Fiery Hunter Beetle

Fiery Hunter Beetle

Fiery Hunter Beetle

The Fiery Hunter Beetle has hundreds of ruby red jewel spots set in its shiny black wing covers. The spots look just like jewels especially up close!

They are about 20mm in length and like to climb trees and eat caterpillars. The Fiery Hunter Beetle is very tough and has a very hard body and not many birds like to eat them.

A relative is the Frostbitten Beetle which is slimmer and has green or golden jewel spots on its wing covers, rather than red like the Fiery Hunter.

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Bug Art Wednesday: Golden Jewel Beetle

Golden Jewel Beetle

Golden Jewel Beetle

The Golden Jewel Beetle is amazing because of it’s metallic iridescent body and robotic movements.

They are only 17mm in length and like to live in trees. The jewel beetles like the warmth of the summer and can be found on the sunny sides of trees in forests mostly in southern BC. For those who are beetle fans, these metallic wood-borer beetles are tops on the list of favourites.

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