Category Archives: Entomology

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Reviving Science of the Victorians

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In the 19th century, periodical science journals were filled with laypeople’s submissions – and their observations of plants and animals were immensely useful to Charles Darwin. Continue reading…

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Citizen Scientist Musings: Beasties for Halloween

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Can you imagine what Hitchcock might have done with a movie starting these fiends? Continue reading…

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Shutting Down Science

As the government shutdown slouches toward its second week, government science programs face delays, shuttering, or cancellation. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (21-30 September 2013)—#580—“September Surprises: A Spider, A Dove, And A Bug”

We had several unexpected encounters at Hilton Pond the latter third of last month, what with the presence of a very large spider web, a Mourning Dove with telltale plumage, and a stinky bug new to the Carolinas and–until recently–all of North America. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: The Praying Mantis in the Garage

Near the conclusion of our recent move, while doing some final clearing of our erstwhile garage, a couple of people who were helping me found something over by the wall, near the cracked concrete footing supporting one of the garage’s exterior walls. Continue reading…

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NSTA’s “Citizen Science” Brings Biology to Life

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The editors of NSTA’s new book Citizen Science have a straightforward goal: to inspire you to engage your students through public collaboration in scientific research—also known as citizen science. Continue reading…

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An Insect with the Only Mechanical Gears Found in Nature

To the best of our knowledge, the mechanical gear—evenly-sized teeth cut into two different rotating surfaces to lock them together as they turn—was invented sometime around 300 B.C.E. by Greek mechanics who lived in Alexandria. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (16-31 August 2013)—#577—“West Virginia Flowers (Wild And Otherwise)—And Pollinators, Too”

Figure 1.  The Goldenrod Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus pensylvanicus, certainly feeds on nectar from its namesake flower (Solidago spp.), but it also visits and undoubtedly pollinates other wild flora. (Photo copyright Bill Hilton Jr.)

I was in southern West Virginia in late August for the annual New River Hummingbird Festival and got to spend some time in the field with a Canon SX50 (set to macro), photographing flowers (wild and otherwise) and some of their pollinators–including butterflies and hummingbirds. Continue reading…

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Got a Camera? Do Science.

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Some years ago in another venue the question arose: which piece of technology has done more for amateur science than any other? Forrest argued persuasively and correctly in my view that the digital camera wins the prize, with the personal computer a close second. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (1-30 June 2013)—#573—“June 2013: From Termite Devastation To A Geriatric Hummingbird”

Figure 1. Cranberry Glades Wilderness Area (above) in southern West Virginia is an unusual mountaintop bog populated with sphagnum moss, pitcher plants, larch trees, and several bird species more likely found much further north in Canada. It’s one of many spring field trip destinations for the annual New River Birding & Nature Festival. (Photo copyright Bill Hilton Jr.)

The 1-30 June 2013 installment of “This Week at Hilton Pond” is eclectic and comprehensive, covering topics as diverse as shed-wrecking insects and a Neotropical excursion to Belize. Continue reading…

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