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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A Few Pollinators

The Bug Chicks - A site for parents, teachers and bugdorks. I challenged myself to walk around the block and simply explore with my FlipView microscope with an assignment to shoot some video with it. I didn’t even make it one quarter of the way! I shot some footage of pollinators doing their thing. It was a bit windy, so the flowers are moving quite a bit in the clips (how do the insects hang on so well???) but I’m pleased with the result from this little microscope! Can you tell which one is not the bee or bee relative? A Few Pollinators
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National Agriculture in the Classroom

The Bug Chicks - A site for parents, teachers and bugdorks. At the very end of June, Jess and I had the opportunity to give the Keynote address to the National Ag in the Classroom conference held at the beautiful Wigwam Resort outside of Phoenix. This was the swankiest conference we have EVER been to! The food was incredible (I’ve been having almost inappropriate dreams of the corn, lime, choyote salad they served) and the digs were very nice. But mostly, we loved the participants we met at this small conference that celebrates teachers, administrators and Ag professionals who recognize the vital role that agriculture science plays in the classroom. We flew down crazy early on a Thursday and by that afternoon I was teaching a CEU workshop called “Bugdork: using insects in the classroom to inspire learning.” I teach about which insects are great to use in a classroom setting, for both student engagement and ease of use on teachers and I set up an old school entomology lab in the back..
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Our Microsoft Commercial!

The Bug Chicks - A site for parents, teachers and bugdorks. Wow! It has been a whirlwind since February. We were offered an incredible opportunity to represent Microsoft and Windows 10 in their new campaign. While we are a “dual platform” business, we use a lot of Microsoft products even on my Mac. (I mean, who doesn’t use Word, Powerpoint and Excel? They are ESSENTIAL.) If you haven’t seen it, watch it! Thank you, Microsoft and all of the agencies involved. For putting our little business and our big passion front and center. It is opening many, many doors and we couldn’t be more grateful. Our Microsoft Commercial!
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100% organic pest control services

New to 2016, Harmon & Sons is pleased to announce that we are now offering 100% organic pest control services! From insects to rodents, we offer safe, effective, organic and Eco-friendly pest control solutions. If you’re concerned about synthetic chemicals being used in your home or around your pets and children, Harmon & Sons now has an all-natural solution! Our products are 100% safe, and are derived from plant oils and other natural ingredients. These products leave no chemical residue, yet are as effective as pesticides. As with all services,
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Wolf Spiders are poisonous but not lethal

Wolf Spiders are poisonous but not lethal. They are usually not aggressive but will bite if provoked. They are ground dwellers which usually reside in a burrow. Unlike spiders that make webs, Wolf Spiders hunt their meals, which mainly consist of insects and other small spiders. Spiders can look the same and it can be difficult to differentiate between wolf spiders and the many species that resemble them. Wolf spiders are hairy arachnids that can grow up to 35 mm in body length. Their bodies are commonly patterned in black,
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Pest Control

Each of our Customers Homes are Unique If your home has a pest problem, or you simply want to protect your family and their comfort and safety. Harmon and Sons have experienced, Licensed and friendly Pest Control Technicians that will help you identify your problems or give you solutions to prevent future pest problems. Our thorough pest control program is insurance against creepy, crawly things that can keep you awake at night, or have you tip-toeing in fear. You will sleep well knowing our pet and child safe applications will
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