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Insect Biodiversity and Evolution (ENT 432) – 2018 edition

It’s that time of year again! The fall 2018 semester has ended, and I have another ENT 432 immersion to macerate and digest. As posted here before (see my 2016 summary and 2017 reckoning), I like to make notes-to-self at … Continue reading

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Illustrating Metamorphosis with Maria Sibylla Merian

This post is the fifth in a short blog series featuring important figures in the history of natural history. Maria Sibylla Merian is considered one of the most important naturalists of the 17th  century. Though she was well known during … Continue reading

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Observing insect natural history

Have you ever spent time carefully observing the insects that dwell on the surface of a pond? Water striders, water measurers, water treaders, and the like? Last time I visited Powdermill Nature Reserve I laid myself down on the dock … Continue reading

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Pitcher plant prey

Ha! I just found this list of pitcher plant contents we identified as a class and put together as a draft blog post last September (see previous post for context and additional photos): 2 caterpillars, 2 adult lepidopteran heads (crania) … Continue reading

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My 2017 ENT 432 reckoning

Another semester has ended and with it another iteration (my 9th!) of Insect Biodiversity and Evolution (ENT 432). I like to ruminate on the pedagogical hits and misses while they’re fresh in my head, and it’s worth sharing them publicly, … Continue reading

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