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Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
1:43 pm

For you bug lovers!!!


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Sunday, June 10th, 2012
2:43 am - Bug Webcomic

Hey, just thought I'd share this.... I've been working on an online graphic novel called Cockroach Pentecost. I finally finished the first chapter. It's about a world in which a cockroach has achieved enlightenment and become a god... It's based on my fascination with entomology. It's not 100% accurate (I'm not an entomologist - I just love me some arthropods), but it is decently buggy. 

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Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
11:23 am - dragonfly ranch

dragon flies eat mosquitoes right? and with the bat population getting a big dent, is it a good idea to find a way to make sure a brood of dragonflies make it to adult hood more than normal? or is it a bad and impossible idea?

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Saturday, July 24th, 2010
5:15 pm - Preserving or mounting insects?

A photog who knows I work with dead critters and make jewelry alerted me to a goldmine of dead scarabs and other insects. There were so many dead in one area that there was a death stink in the air.

Every one I collected died naturally by being attracted to the heat and night light (naturally occurring, reflection of the moon) and water source and then getting stuck in the mud. So today I am cleaning them of mud by gently swirling each one around in a bit of water and laying them out on paper towels.

My question is- how do you preserve insects for mounting or jewelry use? The ones I've found in my yard I've just lightly touched with this museum-grade sealer. I've also heard of people who just paint on some clear nail polish on the part that will face the viewers (usually the backs but some of these have gorgeous bellies too!). Some of them have ugly death poses that I've like to fix- do I just break the legs at the joints and reglue them in a more natural pose?

Just wondering if there's any tips and tricks from the pros who know bugs best. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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4:12 pm - is this good? a musscle

I am in Northren NJ where my mom works there is a stream. she told me "about these clams" we went into it and I have these empty shells.

is this a good species? endangered? the shell is sort of 3 inches
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
7:00 pm - Marine organisms

I seem to remember someone posting pics of nudibranchs on this community a few months ago. Today I saw my first one ever in real life! Does anyone know what this little guy is?

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Monday, March 15th, 2010
11:44 pm - Wasp eating monster!

x-posted to whats-that-bug.

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Saturday, March 13th, 2010
5:25 pm - calcium sources?

my north american millipede does have a chunk of cuttlebone in her tank, and i do offer her rep-cal pellets, which she seems to enjoy (when she comes out to eat that is)
i am curious, i had heard somewhere about giving egg shells to snails, that it helps them with their own shell. could egg shells be good for a 'pede?

also- i always wonder when she will next resurface. i continually offer food items, but she only comes out and eats (from what i can tell) for a few days with sometimes weeks in between. is this normal?
i do start to worry, but then there she is again. how long is too long?

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Sunday, February 21st, 2010
12:00 pm - lethargic madagascar hissing roach question

My male madagascar hissing roach, Jager, is acting strange. He is lethargic, sitting exposed to the light, when I pet him his rear end moves a little but otherwise he's not moving.  I thought he was dead for a moment when I got home cos he didn't move when I touched his antenna (I touch it to say hello and let him know I'm there)... how would I know if he was molting or dying? His friend Booga died a few months ago and they are around the same age. :( I moved him across the tank to a dark spot on a moist sponge.

current mood: sad

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Thursday, January 14th, 2010
9:57 am - Dr Gregory House M.D


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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
9:03 pm - Urgent help needed with snail!

I live in the Netherlands and it freezing cold outside, a thick blanket of snow, and now I find on my sink somehow a tiny snail, the kind with a shell, and of course I can't put it outside; it'll die in this weather.

How can I look after this snail, to make it so it won't dry out? I put it in a glass that I made moist with a piece of banana now.

What does it need so I can keep it alive until spring? Thank you!

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
2:26 pm - as promised a photo

miss millipede continues to thrive :)
she's started to notice and actually eat the food i leave in her bowl. and has discovered millipedes love cucumber.
she also seems to be really into the rep-cal pellets i thought to offer.

here she is chowing down, still in the foodbowl where it seems she spent the night


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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
2:47 pm - millipede leaves

my north american millipede is doing great :)
still very active and eating lots. there are many oak trees in my neighboorhood so collecting nice ones for her has been easy.
she's also eating cucumber now and nibbled soem on mustard greens and grapes. i sprinkle "rep-cal" calcium supplement on some of the items offered.
what other kinds of leaves are safe for them?
also, does anyone have suggestions about keeping leaves so i'll have them throughout the winter for her?
photos next time i promise ;)

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
5:31 am - Bees;


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Thursday, August 27th, 2009
8:35 am - food item advice

i love millipedes. and now i have one! my co-worker rescued this guy from underneath the impending stompy doom of a hiker's boot.


i made a small tank set up for the critter :)


the substrate is spragnum peat moss mix and there's damp spragnum moss on top. i miss the cage and mossy clumps every day.
the millipede is very active, so i am sure she (i think it's female) is healthy. she came along with some leaves, which i placed in the cage with her. those were devoured! i offer romane lettuce, grape halves, cucumber slices- mostly it is all ignored :(
i read these guys like oak leaves, so i went out and collected some that were free of spotty bits, rinsed them, and placed them in the cage. but she doesn't seem to be liking them. only a few nibbles.
what else should i try to offer for food?
do the leaves have to reach a certain stage of softness or something?
i am worried that she is becoming slightly less active, so any and all advice is greatly appreciated.

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Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
1:49 am - Mystery spider, unwanted houseguest?

Hey, invert folks, I need some arachnid ID help.

Looks like I've got company next to the computer desk - there's a small, stringy web (no clear structure) near where the base of a cabinet meets the wall. A few dead pillbugs/woodlice/rolly-pollies have been dangling in it for days, but tonight was the first night I saw the web's builder.
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x-posted to whats_that_bug

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
7:41 pm


Anyone know what this critter is?

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Monday, June 29th, 2009
10:23 pm

Hey, um, I was wondering if anybody here has any idea as to what this thing might be? I found a link to it via ursulav , and I'm as curious as they are.

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
2:08 pm - Beetle.

I found this guy outside my house. If anyone knows what it is I'd appreciate the info! :3

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
9:30 pm - Weird bug

I found this on my pillow, so yeah, I really want to know what it is. Unfortunately, I don't have a very good camera, so I drew a picture of it.

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It's very small, about three quarters of an inch, completely black with wings folded over its flat body, a small head with what looks like a probing mouth. I can't find it anywhere in my Audubon bug guide, or online.

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