I am part of a grant that is bringing together science and writing by partnering science museums, like the one where I work, with local chapters of the National Writing Project to create K-12 educational programs. I’ll share more specifics about the activities we’re offering later (they’ll be online, so you can participate too!), but the activity that my team is developing and rolling out to the public next month explores nocturnal insects. As my team’s science museum representative, it falls to me to create the science-related content that supports our activities – field guides, photos, videos, etc. One of the things the English teachers and poets on my team really wanted was a time-lapse video of my blacklight sheet. So, I took a camera out a few nights ago, snapped 2700 photos of my sheet, and this is the result:
Now, what I get on my blacklighting sheet in North Carolina is nothing compared to what I used to see in Arizona, but it’s still interesting to see what came to the light. My favorite part: the damsel bug that shows up in about the last 30 seconds and starts eating other insects on the sheet. :)
Anyway, I hope you all enjoy a glimpse at the insects I’ve been seeing at my backyard blacklight recently!