“But Why Kids” Radio Show

The Bug Chicks - A site for parents, teachers and bugdorks. After we spoke at NAITC in Phoenix in June we rushed over to a radio station to record a segment for a public radio show that airs in Vermont called “But Why Kids.” Several children were recorded asking questions about insects and we responded! It was super fun and we got to record in a beautiful station. Listen to the show here! It was featured on NPR and Vermont Public Radio. WHUT??!! “But Why Kids” Radio Show
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Flowers Up-Close

The Bug Chicks - A site for parents, teachers and bugdorks. I took a botany class once. It was…fine. It was the semester before I went to Kenya for the first time and I took it concurrently with entomology, so it was never going to have a chance to feel my love. I was all- Plants, meh. Truth be told I’m still a little bit like that. I can’t keep them alive. I don’t know their names besides tree, flower, spiky thing, etc. I like carrion plants (they smell like rotting flesh to attract flies) and carnivorous plants (they eat insects with digestive fluids). Catch the drift? But I’ve been really exploring my world with my Celestron FlipView and decided to look closely at flowers. There are a few pics here that I want to blow up wall size (the last one in particular) so that I can feel like I’m living inside a flower. Erm…like an insect? I’m incorrigible. Fancy a walk amongst the flowers with me? Perhaps I should run a contest where I can have people identify them and win something. Bad ..
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I’m Lichen It!

The Bug Chicks - A site for parents, teachers and bugdorks. I went out for a walk around the block with my FlipView digital microscope, looking for inspiration. After playing with the video function and filming some pollinators I decided to turn my sights onto the tree in my front yard. It’s a maple tree and it has these little notches in the bark that look like freckles. Then I noticed the lichen. I’ve always been fascinated by lichen, ever since I volunteered at the Archbold Biological Station. Lichen is a symbiotic relationship between fungus and algae. Here’s a little saying to help you remember it: Allie Algae and Freddie Fungus fell in love, but now their marriage is on the rocks. ** 7/21/2106 Totally New Science Update: Yeast has been revealed as the third partner in the lichen symbiosis! New research just came out. So less like a marriage than a triumvirate. (Or maybe like a marriage, whatever floats your boat.) Lichen can present in a dizzying array of forms and colors. I’..
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