Bug Art Wednesday: Banded Laurel Borer

Banded Laurel Borer

Banded Laurel Borer

The Banded Laurel Borer is a member of the longhorn beetle family and is found in forests in BC.

This longhorn beetle belongs to a subfamily called cerambycine.

The larvae of the Banded Laurel Borer are wood-borers in deciduous trees.The adults like to feed at flowers.

Take a look at big white flowers such as the cow parsnip. When you see one of these beetles notice their colourful wing covers.

Their colouring is very dramatic; almost black and white with a dark circle on its thorax.

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Space Art Monday: Coma Cluster Galaxies

Coma Cluster Galaxies

Coma Cluster Galaxies

The Coma Cluster, which lies 300 million light-years from Earth and packs several thousand galaxies into a space just 20 million light-years across. Over 1,000 galaxies have been identified so far in this cluster. It is located in the constellation Coma Berenices.

With very few stars to account for the mass in these galaxies, they must contain huge amounts of dark matter. They don’t know why the cluster has so much dark matter and so few stars.

In 1929, American astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered a surprising theory in astronomy: The more distant a galaxy, the faster it moves away from the Milky Way.

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Bug Art Wednesday: 10-Lined June Beetle

10-Lined June Beetle

10-Lined June Beetle

This 10-Lined June Beetle is found throughout BC and is one of our largest scarab beetles. They have very dramatic black and white stripes on their wing covers.

If you see one up very close you will notice that their wing covers are made up of tiny overlapping scales. The scales are pointed at one end and rounded at the other and some are white and some are tan colour.

Their scales are set in a background of amber-coloured cuticle and each scale is like a polished piece of wax.

On the underside of the 10-Lined June Beetle they have beige hairs giving the beetle an fuzzy look.

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Space Art Monday: space snake discovery

space snake missed by Voyager 1

space snake missed by Voyager 1

Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, launched a few weeks apart in 1977 to conduct an unprecedented tour of the outer solar system.

In August 2012, Voyager 1 became the first man-made object to reach interstellar space.

Voyager 1 is now about 130 AU from Earth. If it took a picture of Earth now it would look very, very dim.

The first every portrait of the solar system was taken by Voyager 1 back in 1990 when it was about 4 billion miles from Earth. The picture showed Venus, Earth, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Earth showed up as a “pale blue dot” which happens to be the name of the famous space photo.

Everyone missed seeing the space snake in the famous portrait! So here is my sketch of it.

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Bug Art Wednesday: Common Backswimmer

Common Backswimmer

Common Backswimmer

The Common Backswimmer is different than the Boatman because its front legs are short and stocky; good for grabbing prey.

They have bright white wings and red eyes.

You might see them resting on top of ponds with their heads tilted downwards looking out for something to eat.

 

The Common Backswimmer is found throughout BC.

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Space Art Monday: Views of Pluto

Close up views of Pluto

Close up views of Pluto

The New Horizons spacecraft has snapped new images of Pluto.

The pictures show Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.

On July 14th New Horizons will have a highly anticipated close flyby of Pluto! What images will it bring back?!

American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930.

If New Horizons gets close enough it just might see this critter!

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