Bug Art Wednesday: Pacific Tiger Beetle

Pacific Tiger Beetle
Pacific Tiger Beetle

The Pacific Tiger Beetle is about 12 to 15 mm long and lives near water such as river banks and beaches in BC. They are hard to see because they move very quickly on their long legs.

Don’t go and look for them in the rain, they enjoy the sunny weather because that is when it is easier to spot their prey.

They have interesting markings on their wing covers.

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Space Art Monday: Venus, Mars and the Moon

Venus, Mars and the Moon
Venus, Mars and the Moon

Venus, Mars and the Moon are visible, check them out in the night sky.

At sunset, face west and look just above the horizon and you will see the Moon and Venus.

That would be three closed fists up from the horizon to be scientific.

The extra treat is seeing Mars—the red planet where some people want go and live. They might encounter some space arthropods like the ones to the left.

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Bug Art Wednesday: Beeish Robber Fly

Beeish Robber Fly
Beeish Robber Fly

The Beeish Robber Fly is really an amazing agile predator who kills other insects in mid-air. They like to find strategic perches near feeding areas to capture their insect dinner.

Even beetles can fall prey to Robber Flies. These flies have perfected the way to kill these heavily armoured insects by catching them in mid-air.

If you see a Beeish Robber Fly it looks very much like a Bumblebee, only a closer look will reveal they are different.

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Space Art Monday: Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse
Total Solar Eclipse – space alien

This Friday March 20th there will be a total solar Eclipse!

The line of total eclipse will pass six miles north-west of the uninhabited islet of Rockall in Scotland and coverage of the sun is predicted to reach 98%.

It will be like magic to see the sun disappear and then reappear.

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Bug Art Wednesday: snow cranefly

snow crane fly
snow crane fly

The Snow Cranefly is amazing because its legs are just the right length for walking on snow. If they were too long or too short then the fly would get too cold walking on the snow.

These Snow Craneflies do not have wings so they have to walk and they don’t walk fast. In fact they walk so slowly that you can easily see how they move their six legs. First one set of three legs moves forward then the other set of three legs follows, just like a tripod.

In order to absorb heat the Snow Cranefly is dark in colour, as the snow is a good reflective surface. These craneflies are found through out BC.

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Space Art Monday: dwarf planet ceres

dwarf planet ceres
dwarf planet ceres creature

At one time Ceres was known as a planet, then an asteroid and later a dwarf planet.

The Dawn spacecraft has been sending back some images of the dwarf planet Ceres as it gets closer.

Dawn spacecraft became the first spacecraft ever to orbit two objects beyond the Earth-moon system and the the first spacecraft ever to orbit a dwarf planet.

Ceres, the dwarf planet is thought to consist of about 30% water mostly in the form of ice.

What ice creatures live on Ceres? Probably one with big jaws to eat through all that ice!

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