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Growing With Science Blog · 2d ago

Bug of the Week: Then and Now

The rush milkweeds are lovely this week. They are flowering. Here is what the plants looked like on March 19, a month ago. The stems were covered with oleander aphids. On April 17, 2018 you ...
Growing With Science Blog · 1w ago

#Kidlit for STEM Friday: Woodpeckers

For STEM Friday, we have a brand new middle grade title, Woodpeckers: Drilling Holes and Bagging Bugsby Sneed B. Collard III. An overview of the twenty-two different species of woodpeckers f...
Growing With Science Blog · 1W ago

Bug of the Week: Curiosity

Sometimes you look at something and it seems a bit off. Take this flower fly:   Why is it hanging down from the branch? Usually they sit upright in flowers, where they feed on nectar. Let's ...
Growing With Science Blog · 2W ago

Bug of the Week: Penstemon Flowers and Solitary Bees

The penstemons are flowering. They are a favorite. Hummingbirds love them. So do solitary bees. In fact, the stalks are abuzz with bees. The digger bees and sweat bees land, and crawl right ...
Growing With Science Blog · 3W ago

STEM Friday: On Gull Beach by Jane Yolen

For STEM Friday let's take a look at a beautiful new picture book, On Gull Beach by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Bob Marstall. In this book, youngsters learn about seagulls and other inhabi...
Growing With Science Blog · 3W ago

Bug of the Week: Intro to Snails with Escargot

A writing friend recently introduced me to the cutest fiction picture book about a snail, Escargot by Daska Slater and illustrated by Sydney Hanson. You can see for yourself. Sophia reads th...
Growing With Science Blog · 4W ago

Bug of the Week: Aphid Fly, Dioprosopa clavata

Aphids are a sure sign of spring and with aphids come a host of other insects that depend on them for food. Take this insect near the bright orange-yellow oleander aphids on the rush milkwee...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

STEM Friday: Two New #Kidlit Books About Dogs

Right in time for National Puppy Day (March 23) and to celebrate the Year of the Dog, National Geographic is publishing not one, but two great nonfiction children's books about our furry fri...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

Bug of the Week: Spring Flower Action

The spring flowers resembled busy airports this week. The desert marigolds were abuzz with insects, including this photo-bombing honey bee. The red and black bug is a charcoal seed bug, Mela...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

Bug of the Week: Collembola or Springtails

Do you remember the mysterious bug I found under a rock last week? Are you ready to find out what it is? It is a springtail or Collembola. Even though springtails have six legs and antennae,...