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an orange and black butterfly sitting on the ground
How a group of butterflies flew 2,600 miles across the Atlantic Ocean without stopping | CNN
How a group of butterflies flew 2,600 miles across the Atlantic Ocean without stopping | CNN
Oxford American | The Worm Charmers Nature, Oxford, Herring Gull, Wood Turtle, Nature Study, On The Horizon, The Horizon, The Past, Blue
The Worm Charmers
Oxford American | The Worm Charmers
the front entrance to poozeum is empty
Poozeum
This newly-opened museum in Williams, Arizona houses the world’s largest collection of fossilized poop, with over 8,000 coprolite specimens from all over the world. Admission is free to the public. While it may at first engender disbelief & amusement, coprolites are rare fossils & provide scientific information & evidence of animal behaviors that cannot be determined from body fossils. #paleontology
fireflies flying in the forest at night with green grass and trees behind them, all lit up by bright yellow lights
Witnessing the spectacle of synchronous fireflies is ‘like magic’
How synchronous fireflies blink in sync and where to see them : NPR
a fly sitting on top of a yellow flower
Rare blue-eyed cicada spotted during 2024 emergence at suburban Chicago arboretum
Rare blue-eyed cicada spotted during 2024 cicada emergence | AP News
a black bird standing on top of a pile of rocks
Crows can count much in the same way as human toddlers, study finds | CNN
Crows can count much in the same way as human toddlers, study finds | CNN
the full moon rising over stonehenge in england
Rare lunar event may reveal Stonehenge’s link with the moon | CNN
Rare lunar event may reveal Stonehenge’s link with the moon | CNN
a group of bugs sitting on top of a green leaf covered tree next to leaves
Nature’s Oldest Mandolin: The Poetic Science of How Cicadas Sing
Nature’s Oldest Mandolin: The Poetic Science of How Cicadas Sing – The Marginalian
a couple of bugs hanging from the side of a door
Opinion | The Cicadas Are Here, Singing a Song for the Future
Opinion | The Cicadas Are Here, Singing a Song for the Future - The New York Times
a yellow bug crawling on top of a green leaf covered in dewdrops and water droplets
Tardigrades Have Unusual Response to Ionizing Radiation, Study Reveals | Sci.News
Tardigrades Have Unusual Response to Ionizing Radiation, Study Reveals | Sci.News
a bird is feeding its young in the nest
Opinion | A Few Words About Nests
Opinion | A Few Words About Nests - The New York Times
some purple flowers are growing in the grass
Field madder (Sherardia arvensis)
A common winter annual weed, mat-forming & prostrate with a square stem; found in fields, pasture, grassland, & disturbed areas. The tiny (3mm) pale lilac or pink flowers are pollinated by flies. The fleshy roots, though much inferior to the common madder (Rubia tinctorum), are sometimes used for the production of a weak red dye. #botany
a map with red and blue dots on the united states, where people are currently living
Citizen Science, Periodical Cicadas : Mapping the double emergence in 2024
Brood XIII (17 yr brood) is shown by blue dots, & Brood XIX (13 yr brood) is shown with red dots. Their emergence will happen in late April to early May, 2024. Download the MSJ Cicada Safari app & submit photos to help gather updated mapping data. After your photos are verified, they will be posted to the live map. Cicada Safari was created by Dr. Gene Kritsky working with the Center for IT Engagement at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati. #entomology