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Growing With Science Blog · 3d ago

Bug of the Week: Caterpillar Pupates

Remember the green caterpillar that showed us its trachea and heart? It has been going through some changes. One morning it looked like this. No worries though. There's nothing wrong with it...
Growing With Science Blog · 1W ago

Bug of the Week: Caterpillar with a Heart

Remember the see-through green caterpillar from last week? I've been studying it some more. After discovering the air passages or trachea were visible through the exoskeleton, I decided to l...
Growing With Science Blog · 1W ago

Frog and Toad Science Activities for Kids

Toads are fascinating animals that are too often ignored. The new picture book, The Hidden Life of a Toad* by biologist and photographer Doug Wechsler, brings attention to these neglected cr...
Growing With Science Blog · 2W ago

Bug of the Week: Looking Closer at Caterpillars

You never know what you might discover by looking at a plant. For example, while I was waiting for someone I looked at a shrub in front of a store. I saw signs of caterpillars, so I looked c...
Growing With Science Blog · 3W ago

Bug of the Week: Insect Partners

We have some new insects on the elephant food plant in the back yard. They are oval and covered with white wax. Do you know what they are? These rover ants know what the white insects are:  ...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

Bug of the Week: Silk from Two Sources

We have a lot of white threads around this week. The threads are a type of silk. Here's another patch of silk. One patch of silk was made by the creature in the photograph above. The other p...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

Bug of the Week: Bees and Wasps

The rush milkweed is still flowering. Every once in awhile a high-pitched sound travels through the air and one of these shows up. If you are brave, get a bit closer. It's a tarantula hawk w...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

Bug of the Week: Milkweed Insects Identified

Did you guess the identities of the milkweed insects from last week?  Let's check. The yellow-orange insects on the stem are aphids. More specifically, they are the oleander aphid, Aphis ner...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

Bug of the Week: Name That Milkweed Insect

The rush milkweed (also called desert milkweed) plants are in bloom. Turns out the buds, flowers, and seed pods are a bounty of food for insects. If you have been following Bug of the Week, ...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

Bug of the Week: Beginnings and Endings

This week a friend of mine asked me if I'd like some silkworms. She knew I was an experienced silkworm mom and she had received way too many from her order in the mail. So, now we have tiny ...