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Bug Art Wednesday: Rocky Mountain Wood Tick

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick

The Rocky Mountain Wood Tick looks for a passing “host” to hitch a ride and get a meal.

They are found in the interior of BC and are about 5mm in length.

Some ticks carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme Disease especially east of the Rockies. People can get paralysis if they are get bitten at the base of their neck.

Ticks are found in the grass and shrubs in spring and early summer.

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Space Art Monday: Kepler 452b ocean aliens

Kepler 452B - Ocean creature

Kepler 452B – Ocean creature

Using the Kepler space telescope astronomers have discovered another Earth! They call this planet Kepler 452b.

It is 1,400 light years away from Earth and 6 billion years old and about 1.5 billion years older than our sun.

Everything about Kepler 452b is similar to Earth.

For example one year on Kepler 452b is 385 days, just 20 days longer than on Earth.

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Chatty Cathy Poetry

Chatty Cathy Poetry

Chatty Cathy Poetry

zippy quick
pull the string
da bla da bla bla
pull again
zippy quick
iii ooo uuu ee ooo
pull again
zippy quick
ereeepllekpeoooskppp
chatty cathy
all talked
out
now takes
to writing
whatever
comes to
mind

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Bug Art Wednesday: Pink-Faced Jewel Beetle

pink faced jewel beetle

pink faced jewel beetle

It is easy to identify this Pink-Faced jewel beetle because of its yellowish-orange markings on its face and its metallic body.

They are part of a big group of wood beetles that bore into wood when they are grubs.

You typically find these beetles in forests in southern BC.

They are about 17mm in length.

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Space Art Monday: Asteroid UW158

Astroid UW-158

Astroid UW-158

Asteroid UW158 passed 30 times closer than the nearest planet on July 19th at around 10pm.

The asteroid is 452 meters by 1,011 meters in size.

Observations are scheduled at Goldstone Observatory from July 13-26.

Apparently there is a large amount of platinum in the body of this asteroid.

They are testing future robotic mining missions. Imagine that.

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Bear Dog Poetry

bear dog poetry

Bear Dog poetry

early morning
cool fresh air
smell of spruce
yodel yodel
bear dog
awakens
everyone
scanning
the horizon
smoke curls
to the sky
lightening
sparked
a fire

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Bug Art Wednesday: Blue Horntail

Blue Horntail

Blue Horntail

The Blue Horntail is found throughout BC. They look like they could sting but they don’t and are not dangerous.

Horntails are our largest sawflies. Sawflies are a distinct group.

The adult females use their ovipositor to drill into wood. The larvae are wood-borers and make lots of tunnels in trees. The larvae is larger than the adults.

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Space Art Monday: New Horizons visits Pluto

New Horizons Pluto Space Mission

New Horizons visits Pluto!

New Horizons visits Pluto! The space craft is on a five-billion-kilometre journey to Pluto and has taken more than nine years. It has sent back images of Pluto as a peach coloured world with dark and light areas.

Pluto and its primary moon, Charon, located beyond Neptune in the Kuiper Belt region, was discovered in 1992.

It is the discovery of the Kuiper Belt that provided the scientific motivation for a mission to Pluto. Scientists believe the Kuiper Belt holds fossils from the formation of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago.

New Horizons is expected to come within 12,500 kilometres from Pluto on Tuesday. Should be interesting to see if they see any of these space weeds.

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Burnt Leaf Poetry

Burnt Leaf Poetry

Burnt Leaf Poetry

smoke filled
skies
dry winds
blow across
burnt  mountains
turkey vultures
ride thermal
currents
smells
travel
dried
leaves
fall on
cracked
soil

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