Wow! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve blogged! You wouldn’t believe the amount of life crap that seems to keep welling up recently, but I DO intend to come back to blogging as soon as I have just a little more time. Until I can get a more substantial post up, here’s a quick Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday…
Last week I had the opportunity to teach a bunch of pre-school teachers about the Lost Ladybug Project during an educator workshop offered by the early childhood people at my museum. The woman running the workshop requested that I bring live ladybugs for my presentation, so I went to the best source of I know of at this time of year: the trailer where my office is located. Collecting the ladybugs couldn’t have been easier! I just set out a jar and asked my 5 coworkers to deposit any live ladybugs they found. 24 hours later, I had 52 ladybugs for the teachers to attempt to identify! They were a hit, but it seemed wrong to release my beetles before photographing them for Lost Ladybug considering that I was trying to convince these teachers to do exactly the same thing. So, I took them home, set up a little photography studio on my dining table, and started shooting. Most of my ladybug photos are pretty terrible because I take them with cameras that aren’t suited to photographing small insects and I almost always have to rush through the photos anyway, but this time I was able to pull out the big guns and get some decent shots. This was my favorite:
It might not be native (and it’s likely invasive), but it’s pretty darned cute anyway.
Hope you’re all doing well!