Hello all! Christina here, Andrea’s sister. Just wanted to let you all know that I spoke to your beloved BugGirl and she has safely arrived in Ecuador. She’ll be off the grid for weeks, but I just thought her loyal fellow bug nerds would like to know she’s safe and happy :) She’ll be back soon!
I am off to the Amazon in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands for two months. I shall have amazing photos and stories to share upon my return. I shall leave you with a photo of us petting a sloth at The Wildlife Learning Center the other day. See you all in two months!!
"Was wondering if you were familiar with this beetle? Took this in Northeast Florida in late summer/early fall if that helps. I’m curious to know if it’s a stag beetle. Any information is appreciated. "-stormsnwaves
Your lovely beetle is a Fiery Searcher aka Caterpillar Hunter in the genus Calosoma. These large colorful beetles are in the carnivorous Ground Beetle Family and, as their name suggests, ferociously hunt caterpillars.
They are considered highly beneficial as they often prey on Eastern Tent Caterpillars as well as the invasive Gypsy Moth Caterpillar.
EstaciÃ³n Biodiversidad de Tiputini, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador. As the most biodiverse place on Earth, the Yasuni National Park and i…
This will be my home for a short while in a few weeks!!
In celebration of my upcoming trip, it is time to play Name-The-Skull!
The winner will get showered in praise and recognition.
My apologies for being MIA lately, I am in the process of applying to grad school. I’m studying for the GRE and writing my essays. You will be happy to know my blog is mentioned as the source of inspiration for my return to school 3 years ago! Please stay tuned, as I leave for Ecuador and the Galapagos in a month, and am sure there will be MANY awesome bugs for me to share!
Here is an adorable Bee Fly I caught in Zzyzx, California to hold you over until I have time to dedicate to my blog again!
Colony Collapse Disorder is what’s happening. There are many things contributing to the widespread death of honeybees, and scientists are learning more about it through extensive research. In short, pesticides and fungicides seem to be a major culprit. I love that you asked what you can do… that’s awesome. Don’t use chemicals such as pesticides, raid etc.. and I want to say buy organic produce whenever possible. You can contact the USDA for further advice. There is a lot of info available on their website here.