Category Archives: insects

Monday thought of the week: child and caterpillar

A thought: Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar. – Bradley Miller (source unknown)

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BOOKS: Meet the Bugs & It’s a Bug’s Life

We like bugs. Anyone who reads this blog would not be surprised by my stating that. We also love books. Again, nothing new. How about books about bugs? That’s a no brainer! Brian Johnson has written two very nice books … Continue reading

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Wednesday photos of the week: getting buggy

This week I am sharing two photos, because my kids had so much fun at Tualatin Hills Nature Park’s annual Bug Fest (thanks to my wife for taking them, as I was working the event).

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Wednesday photo of the week: hello caterpillar

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BOOK: Basic Illustrated Guide to Frogs, Snakes, Bugs, and Slugs

FalconGuides has published a neat book for kids to learn about all those little critters they might come across when exploring outside. It is written and illustrated by John Himmelman, whose nature books we’ve enjoyed before (Mouse in a Meadow, … Continue reading

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Help The Bug Chicks

“Two entomologists take a green couch on an epic cross-country trip to film America’s awesome bugs.” What else would you need to draw you in? Perhaps this awesome video: Portland-based The Bug Chicks – we’re no strangers to their passion … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: searching for water bugs

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Monday thought of the week: great ambassadors

A thought: Insects are great ambassadors to the outdoors for several reasons. Foremost is their accessibility. Remember, they’re everywhere. Most have forms that we find beautiful, or at the very least, curious. We learn that there are reasons for those … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: damselfly in distress

Searching for bugs at Camassia Natural Area in West Linn (south of Portland), Patrick caught and observed a damselfly in his net:

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BOOK: Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest

This is great beginner guide to identifying butterflies and some of the caterpillars to be found in Oregon: Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest, by William Neill (Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2007), 208 pp. Why do butterlies sometimes congregate … Continue reading

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