Thank you Jelly-babe for your generous donation towards my research in Ecuador!   
Here is a pair of mating Assassin bugs in Tiputini, Ecuador.  Look how much larger the female is!  That is very typical in invertebrates.

The campaign is now over, but thanks to the generosity of Tumblr, it was a smash success.  I should be returning to Ecuador to continue my spider research in early summer.  I shall keep you all posted on the development of the project,  If you would like to read about it you may do so here.

Thank you Jelly-babe for your generous donation towards my research in Ecuador!  

Here is a pair of mating Assassin bugs in Tiputini, Ecuador.  Look how much larger the female is!  That is very typical in invertebrates.

The campaign is now over, but thanks to the generosity of Tumblr, it was a smash success.  I should be returning to Ecuador to continue my spider research in early summer.  I shall keep you all posted on the development of the project,  If you would like to read about it you may do so here.

Wishing people would decorate for Halloween every day of the year!

Wishing people would decorate for Halloween every day of the year!

Borrowed this Madagascar hissing cockroach from the physiology lab for tomorrow’s lecture on arthropods!  I have many critters I’m bringing to spread a little arthropod-love to my students.

Borrowed this Madagascar hissing cockroach from the physiology lab for tomorrow’s lecture on arthropods! I have many critters I’m bringing to spread a little arthropod-love to my students.

My friends love me and buy me fancy soda.

My friends love me and buy me fancy soda.

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I am preparing my slides for the lecture on arthropods next week for my students and I’m way too excited!

A repeat from an Ecuadorian Saturniid moth we found in Maquipucuna…just because it’s lovely.

A repeat from an Ecuadorian Saturniid moth we found in Maquipucuna…just because it’s lovely.

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I try to change my backdrop to my computer every week because I love freaking out all my students. I am determined to have all the pre-meds find spiders and bugs as beautiful as I do by the end of the semester.

I try to change my backdrop to my computer every week because I love freaking out all my students. I am determined to have all the pre-meds find spiders and bugs as beautiful as I do by the end of the semester.

Omg.

Omg.