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Growing With Science Blog · 3d ago

Bug of the Week: Busy Milkweeds

After posting about the queen caterpillars on our rush milkweeds last week, this week I came across another scene. Yes, there's a butterfly and a caterpillar. Do you see what is unusual abou...
Growing With Science Blog · 1W ago

Bug of the Week: Queen Caterpillars Feeding

We've featured queen butterfly caterpillars before, but each time we observe them, we learn something new. How many caterpillars do you see on this young rush milkweed plant? Where are they ...
Growing With Science Blog · 2W ago

Bug of the Week: Cecropia Moth Cocoon

Sacs like this appear in autumn. We found this one on a piece of firewood. What is it? It's a cocoon. The opening you see at one end reveals the cocoon is empty.   Public domain image from W...
Growing With Science Blog · 3W ago

Processional Termites Defy Expectations

Sometimes insects don't look and act the way you'd expect. Take termites. Here in the Southwest, subterranean termites are common, but you don't see them very often. They are tiny insects th...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

Hands On Halloween Fun: Spider Science Activities for Kids

With Halloween just around the corner, some of you may be pulling out the spider decorations or designing spider-themed costumes. What a perfect time to do some spider science activities wit...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

Bug of the Week: Perillus Stink Bug

Insects are not always easy to identify. Take this cute little guy. Is it a beetle or is it a bug? Because it has a shield shape in the middle of the back and a beak (the mouthparts you see ...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

Aurora Science for Kids

We've been focused on storms here on Earth lately, but there's been activity on the sun, too. On Wednesday last week (September 6, 2017), the sun produced an unusually large solar flare. Thi...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

Bug of the Week: Obscure Bird Grasshopper

Let's take a look at a couple of photographs sent in by my cousin. (Photograph by Karen Gibson, used with permission) How did she ever spot this mostly green grasshopper hiding on a green pl...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

Bug of the Week: More Milkweed Bug Answers

Did you identify the insects we found on common milkweed? A. The beetles are red milkweed beetles, Tetraopes tetrophthalmus. They are a type of longhorned beetle. The bright red and black ad...
Growing With Science Blog · 1M ago

Bug of the Week: More Milkweed Insects

Do you remember our previous post about insects found on milkweed plants? We recently went  to western New York State and found insects on a different species of milkweed from that region. T...