Category Archives: insects

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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BOOK: Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon

Dragonflies are cool. But they seem to zip by too quickly, and in most cases (for me at least) they don’t pose for photos too often. Unless you’re entomologist Cary Kerst. He has published with birder-turned-dragonflier Steve Gordon an invaluable … Continue reading

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BOOKS: Two new nature titles from Dawn Publications look at bugs and gardening

Dawn Publications has released two new children’s nature books for the spring season. As the weather gets warmer, we start to see various insects emerge. You start to hear them buzz by, and see them on leaves. A few days … Continue reading

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New coloring book from The Bug Chicks

Our friends The Bug Chicks – Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker – have published their very own insect coloring book. If you’ve ever seen them share their passion for segmented invertebrates at a school or library in Portland, then you’ll … Continue reading

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Bug Fest 2012 at Tualatin Hills Nature Park

Bug Fest, every August at Tualatin Hills Nature Park (pics):

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