Author Archives: Andy Deans

Newfoundland’s amazing insectarium

I wrote recently about my June vacation up north. Here’s another entomological experience from that trip: The Newfoundland Insectarium and Butterfly Garden. I promised myself and my family I would detach from work during this vacation—no email, no talk about … Continue reading

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2019 sort session #22 – new moths for the collection

Six years ago I created an account on iNaturalist, a fairly sophisticated app at the time but without much content of interest – at least for me. I submitted a handful of observations and then got distracted by other responsibilities. … Continue reading

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My experience with the windshield phenomenon

I’m back to work now, after an epic northern adventure that included caribou, arctic hares, moose, flat tires, recurring Pennsylvanians (shout out to my new friends from Reading!), black flies, mosquitoes, and, surprisingly, a remarkably intact Carboniferous swamp. I even … Continue reading

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Sort session hiatus

We’re taking a break from our weekly sort sessions, at least for the next three weeks. Our gall project is taking off quickly, and we need to get organized about workflows, for one. We are especially interested in finding this … Continue reading

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2019 sort session #21 – gall city

This is gonna sound dumb, but my kids (ages 7 and 9) love to tease me about a magical place called “Kid City”, where children rule the land, every meal is dessert, and no grown-ups are allowed. This week I … Continue reading

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