Bug Art Wednesday: snow flea

snow flea

snow flea

The Snow Flea is really a Springtail!

Springtails in fact shouldn’t be confused with fleas. The difference being that fleas are flat from side to side and are very hard-bodied, making them very difficult to kill by crushing. Whereas, Springtails have a more rounded body, are soft-bodied and are easily crushed.

Springtails are very primitive insects and don’t have wings. When you see them they are hopping around on the snow in the mid day warmth. They have an amazing tail organ that they use to spring themselves up in the air.

You will have to look close to see them because they are only about 2mm in length.

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Space Art Monday: Leonid Meteor Shower

Gassy gas in space

Mass of Energy – Leonid Meteor Shower

The Leonid Meteor Shower will be the best tonight!

The Leonid Meteor Shower occurs when Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which sprays its orbit with bits of flying debris.

It is when this debris enters Earth’s atmosphere and vaporizes that we can see the meteor shower. Comet Tempel-Tuttle completes a single orbit around the sun about once every 33 years.

There should be about 15 meteors per hour. Even if the weather where you are is not good you can still watch it online.

The Slooh Community Observatory will be having a live webcast today November 17th at 8pm EST or at 5pm PST.

http://live.slooh.com/stadium/live/the-leonid-meteor-shower-sensation-of-november-2014

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Bug Art Wednesday: primitive tiger beetle

Primitive Tiger Beetle

Primitive Tiger Beetle

The Primitive Tiger Beetle is the missing link between regular ground beetles and tiger beetles. Primitive Tiger Beetles look like ground beetles as they are all black with no white markings or iridescence but they have the jaws of a tiger beetle. They are unlike true Tiger Beetles because they run at much slower speeds.

They live in vertical burrows in the ground and ambush small bugs that walk by. The Tiger Beetle is a large group of beetles and the Primitive Tiger Beetle found here in BC is the missing link in the beetle world. They are 15mm in length.

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Space Art Monday: dusty star

Dusty Star

Dusty Star

Way out there people can see these dusty stars! They are forming from the gas and dust inside interstellar clouds.

Last year an interstellar cloud of dust called NGC 6559 was recorded shining brightly 5,000 light-years away.

As people watched through telescopes the region inside this nebula gathered enough matter that it started to collapse under its own gravity!

The center of the cloud grew ever denser and hotter, until thermonuclear fusion began and voilà a dusty star.

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Bug Art Wednesday: water boatman

Water Boatman

Water Boatman

The Water Boatman is very small at about 5 to 10mm and lives in fresh-water ponds. It has three pairs of amazing legs.

The first pair of legs are on either side of its head and they are used for sifting through the mud for food.

The second pair of legs are used for holding onto the plants for stability while underwater.

The third pair of legs are used like oars on a boat and can quickly propel itself around.

When the Water Boatman dives underwater it traps a bubble of oxygen under its stomach and chin and uses the oxygen to breath while under water. They can also fly so if a pond dries out they can find another one hopefully.

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Space Art Monday: wacky space suit

Wacky Space Suit

Wacky Space Suit

What kind of space suit works the best when someone is way out there in outer space? Maybe this wacky space suit would be just what a space traveler might need. This fantasy space suit I drew is really long, has a few extra arms, a tail and a space face on the side just to fool those aliens!

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