My Entomological Wedding

Sunglow Ranch

Sunglow Ranch, our wedding venue.

Everyone who reads my blog regularly knows that I am a die-hard insect fan.  Insects pervade every part of my life including my clothing, my home decor, and my creative style.  I am SO much of a bug fan that I even had an insect-themed wedding!  Terribly geeky, I know, but I couldn’t help myself.  I thought it was a lot of fun, so indulge me as I share some of the details.

Me and Monkey

Me and my dog Monkey (his nickname is Bug). I carried a handmade bouquet of feather butterflies with me down the aisle!

The hardest part of being an entomologist for me is knowing that the vast majority of people I meet think that I am completely insane for liking insects as much as I do.  This unfortunately extends to many of my family members, regardless of how much they love me and how often I try to change their minds.  They’re quite happy that I am following my dream and all, but when they come face to face with an insect, many of them fall into the “insect stomping” category of humanity rather than the “insect loving” category like me.  I wanted to have an insect-themed wedding, but how does one do that without scaring off all of your guests, and more importantly, your insect phobic fiancée?  Simple!  Just call your theme something other than “entomology” or “insect:”

“My wedding theme isn’t entomology!  Who would be that silly?  Ho ho ho!  No, the theme is woodland glade.

Officially, my theme was woodland glade, which was a fancy name for “insects with a few other things tossed in for looks.”  :)

cake

Our wedding "cake." Notice the butterfly vase that we used as a cake topper!

So here I was, dead set on having a wedding with an entomological theme and a bunch of guests and a fiancée who don’t like insects.  I had to figure out a way to keep it from being blatantly apparent that there were insects everywhere so that people wouldn’t be too scared to come.  Live insects were out, though if you read my Friday 5 on Arizona’s beetles you know that this wasn’t for lack of interest on my part.  I don’t particularly relish being the center of attention, not even on my wedding day, and I was more than happy to give up my jars of live aquatic beetles to make sure my relatives were at the wedding.   I was throwing a big party and I wanted to make everyone happy, so live insects were out.*

Bridesmaids

My bridesmaids were decked out in butterfly stuff! They all wore butterfly headbands and glass lockets with real butterfly wings inside. These and the shawls were their gifts for being the best bridesmaids ever!

I also focused on insects that most people like.  Butterflies were an obvious choice.  I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of butterflies.  I like big scary insects!  I like the bad a** insects.  Butterflies simply aren’t bad a**.  But, butterflies are well-loved by nearly everyone while the bad a** insects are not.  That makes butterflies a little more acceptable to people who generally don’t like insects.  In fact, people use them in their weddings all the time – even on edible things like cakes!  When someone like Martha Stewart promotes butterflies for wedding cakes, you know they’re okay.

Centerpieces

Our table decor. The vases held a dozen handmade parchment paper flowers along with a feather butterfly. Two of my friends stamped the wine bottle labels with butterflies and plants. The table runners were stamped with butterflies, bees, plants, and birds. The potted plants and felt birds were given to guests as favors.

If you’re me and ecstatic about the crafting and do-it-yourself opportunities that a wedding affords, the wider availability of things like butterfly rubber stamps and paper punches compared to dragonflies or any other insects also needs to be taken into account.  Have you ever tried to find a decent dragonfly paper punch that’s bigger than an inch across?  They don’t exist!  So, I incorporated a lot of butterflies into my decor.  This should be abundantly obvious from looking at the photos.  I spent months making paper flowers and potting plants and stamping table runners and making invitations entirely by hand.  I used dragonflies, bumblebees, and plants too.  To keep it from becoming completely obvious that I was having a bug wedding, I tossed in some birds to throw people off the scent.   The little stuffed felt birds served as our wedding favors and made “woodland glade” a believable theme.  :)

guest book

Our guest "book" consisted of a bunch of paper butterflies, dragonflies, and birds. Guests chose a shape, wrote a note on them, and hung them from the tree.

My husband and I were married just over a year ago.  I found the most amazing venue in the foothills of the western slope of the Chiricahua Mountains 2 1/2 hours east of Tucson.  It was the perfect combination of stunningly beautiful, out-of-town, and cheap.  We took a chance having an outdoor wedding at a higher elevation in March and it ended up being a sunny, cool, perfect day.  Nearly everyone we invited came.  I was able to get married by water, under a huge tree by a beautiful lake.  Our officiant was an entomologist, as was our photographer.  Our food was amazing.  Our cake was amazing.  Lots and lots of things went wrong at the last second (e.g. did you see my dog in the photo?  He wasn’t supposed to be there!), but I didn’t care.  I didn’t have any live insects at my wedding, but I didn’t care.  I thought it was perfect.  I would change a thing!

But the best part: even my husband enjoyed it.  That’s right – my husband, who screamed like a little girl one night when a roach crawled on him, liked our bug themed wedding.  I drove home that night with my new husband and our two dogs, the happiest person on the planet.

Just married

Moments after we were married. I made the butterfly clips for my dress by gluing feather monarchs onto clip-on earring posts and clipped them to the corset strings of my dress.

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Photos by Alex Yellich.  You can view photos of the invitations and our altar by clicking on the links.

* You might wonder why I didn’t consider having a butterfly release at my insect-themed wedding.  Partly it was because it usually costs over $5 a piece to have butterflies shipped to you, which is a lot of money to spend on something that is going to freeze to death the night after your wedding, especially when you only have $5000 to spend altogether.  Also, I read a fabulous Dave Barry column about weddings when I was in high school that made them seem less than appealing.  I decided right then and there that I was never going to do it.  Well worth a read!

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Friday 5: Insect Eggs!

Today’s Friday 5 is going to be shorter and a bit more of a photo album compared to my usual posts.  I work with the eggs of giant water bugs in my research, and if you read my recent post on insect egg anatomy you know there’s a soft spot in my heart for all things insect egg related.  There are some truly beautiful insects eggs out there (if you haven’t seen the National Geographic insect egg article or Martin Oeggerli’s Micronaut website, you should visit both as soon as possible!) and I try to document them when I see them.  Some of the photos are less than perfect, but I take them for myself so I will remember seeing the eggs instead of focusing on producing a perfect image.  Some insect egg photos from my collection:

cactus eggs

Eggs on a barrel cactus spine.

I have no idea what these are, but I wish I did!  The eggs are gorgeous and have some bizarre structures that I would like to look into further.  If you know what these are, I’d love to hear from you!  I found them on a barrel cactus in October.

lacewing egg

Green lacewing egg, hatched.

I actually know what this one is!  Green lacewings lay their eggs on little stalks like these and they’re all over my yard in the summer.  This egg was laid under the porch light where the lacewings like to hang out at night and the larva had already hatched.  I liked the color of the white stalk against the rust colored adobe walls of my duplex, so I snapped a few photos.  Lacking a flash at the time, this was the least blurry.  :)

moth ovipositing on sliding glass door

Moth ovipositing on sliding glass door.

I was sitting on my couch reading one night when I looked up and noticed a moth (likely a noctuid, though honestly I didn’t look that closely) moving around strangely on the sliding glass door to the backyard.  I got up to see what it was doing and noticed it was laying eggs!  I ran to get my obsolete point and shoot digital camera and took the photo from inside the house through the very dirty glass.  This produced a rather cruddy photo.  Still, it makes me smile every time I see it because it was fun to watch the mom laying her eggs on my door.  All of the eggs eventually hatched, so presumably her efforts were worth it!

eggs on strawberry

Eggs on strawberry.

I despise most fruits, but I eat the few I like in massive quantities when they’re in season.  Last summer I was happily working my way through an entire pound of some of the most delicious organic strawberries I’d ever had when I noticed the little cluster of eggs on this berry just before I popped it into my mouth.  Because I’m me, I pondered the beauty of the drab grey eggs against the bright red strawberry for a while and decided it warranted a photograph.  I love how the photo turned out!  I didn’t think to save the eggs to identify them, but I think they’re probably stink bug eggs based on the features I can see in my photos.

Lethocerus eggs hatching

Lethocerus medius eggs hatching

Last but not least, these are some of the eggs I study, laid by the giant water bug Lethocerus medius.  This species is an emergent brooder and lays its eggs above the water line.  The father then carries water to the eggs and protects them until the nymphs hatch.  They are gorgeous, enormous eggs, but they’re even more impressive when they hatch.  The nymphs hatch synchronously, so 200+ little water bugs wriggle their little bodies out the eggs at the same time.  It’s an amazing sight!

I wish more people took a closer look at insect eggs because they are fascinating up close.  There are a ton of different styles and shapes and structures and vary quite a bit from group to group.  They make great photographic subjects too because they don’t move!  I encourage everyone to go out and look for insect eggs around their homes.  And if you get great photos that you’d like to share, feel free to share links on/upload them to The Dragonfly Woman’s Facebook page.  I’d love to see what you find!

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Friday 5: 5 signs your neighbor is an entomologist

One of the topics that comes up over and over again in conversations with my entomologist friends are the personality traits, behaviors, and wardrobes that distinguish entomologists (amateur and pro) from the rest of society.  As you might imagine, your average entomologist tends to stand out from other people, though some stand out to a greater extent than others.  Over the years, we’ve come up with a pretty comprehensive list of characteristics that identify the stereotypical passionate field entomologist.  I thought it would be fun to post some of these characteristics for this week’s Friday 5!

Let’s begin with a scenario to set the mood.  You have a suspicion that your new next door neighbor might be an entomologist, but she tends to keep to herself and you haven’t had a chance to ask her.  Never fear!  Just look for the signs.  Your neighbor is probably an entomologist if:

porch light

A green lacewing near the porch light in my backyard.

1.  She stares at porch lights, street lights, or parking lot lights for long periods of time. Lights at night are an amazing source of insects!  Many entomologists will leave porch lights on simply to see what comes to the lights.  We also spend hours and hours out in the middle of nowhere staring at generator-powered UV lights that we shine onto white sheets.  If your neighbor spends a lot of time staring at her porch light, she is probably an entomologist looking for bugs.  I lived in an apartment complex with about 40 units when I first moved to Arizona.  I was constantly wandering around the complex staring at lights at night.  Based on the looks, comments, and questions I got from my neighbors, it was clear that everyone there thought I was completely nuts for staring at the lights for 30+ minutes at a stretch.  Several people even went out of their way to avoid me when they saw me!  But I was just looking for bugs.  This is perfectly normal behavior for an entomologist.  We really aren’t crazy…  :)

looking at ground

Looking at bugs on the ground!

2.  Similar to #1, she spends long periods of time staring at tree bark, off into space, at the ground, into ponds/streams/swimming pools, into bushes, etc. There are lots of great insects at porch lights, but there are things out during the day too!  Your average entomologist will watch bugs when he or she sees them, even if they’re very small.  It might not look like your neighbor is looking at anything if she’s in a pose similar to that of the entomologist in the photo to the right, but if she’s an entomologist, she is probably looking at insects.

mantid at night

Mantid at night

3.  She occasionally crawls around on her hands and knees or lies on her belly with a camera, sometimes in the middle of the night. You never know when you might find an interesting insect!  These situations warrant running into the house, grabbing the camera and macro lens, and snapping some shots before the insect flies away.  The mantid in the photo was one I took at 1:30 AM a few years ago.  I saw it on the ground outside my apartment when a friend dropped me off after a night out.  I bolted into the house for the camera and ended up lying on my stomach outside my front door in the middle of the night while I took my photos.  And of course, because it couldn’t happen any other way, my next door neighbor’s new boyfriend just HAD to be walking through the parking lot to his girlfriend’s door at the exact same moment.  I got a nervous look as he asked, “Ummm…  What are you doing?”  I cheerfully explained that I was an entomologist and there was this gorgeous mantid on my porch.  I’m not sure that my explanation convinced him that I wasn’t crazy, but I couldn’t have been happier with my up close and personal encounter with the mantid!

me at Los Fresnos

Me at Los Fresnos, Mexico

4.  She wears clothes with a lot of pockets on them (maybe adding a backpack, fishing vest, or fanny pack for even more pockets), sport sandals (sometimes with socks!) or hiking boots, and very wide-brimmed hats. Your neighbor could be going on an urban safari, but chances are she’s an entomologist if she’s wearing something along the lines of the outfit I’ve got on in the photo, especially if she’s wearing this to work.   Notice the cargo pants and the broad-brimmed hat.  The hiking boots are there even though you can’t see them.  If your neighbor is wearing a bug shirt as part of this ensemble (there’s a hellgrammite on the back of my shirt!) or carrying a bug net (I’ve got an aquatic net with me), you can be sure that she’s an entomologist!  Ted MacRae has a photo of his beetle hunting ensemble on his Beetles in the Bush blog, so I shall direct you there to get another visual of the sort of outfit I’m talking about.  Not all entomologists will wear similar outfits, but if they spend any time in the field they will eventually end up in something rather like these.

Me sampling in Sabino Canyon

Me sampling in Sabino Canyon.

5.  She wears entomological tools (a hand lens, forceps, etc) on a lanyard or cord around her neck. I know of several people who carry entomological tools with them all the time!  I personally only wear my forceps when I’m out in the field working (I carry them hidden in my purse the rest of the time!) , but I know people who ALWAYS wear their tools.  When one of the profs in my department was married, his students reported that both bride and groom were married wearing their hand lenses!  What can I say?  We’re dedicated to our work.  It’s a little hard to see the lanyard around my neck in the photo, but it’s a super fancy one with multiple clips and a quick release connector at the neck.  I actually PAID something like 10 bucks for this lanyard rather than getting it free as part of some conference swag bag.  I love it!

There are several other signs you can look for, but I’ll stick with these five for now.  Any other entomologists care to add some characteristics to the list?  If so, I’d love to read your comments!

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The End of an Era

When I started grad school, I made about $650 a month.  That wasn’t that long ago, so you can imagine how much I had to scrimp to make it by on that little money.  I couldn’t use my air conditioner (my apartment was 95 degrees in the summer) or my heater (50 degrees in the winter) and I had to really watch how much I spent on food.  It was the first time I had ever really felt poor.  So, when an opportunity to take a second job working with aquatic insects came up, I took it and doubled my salary.

Rio de Flag

Rio de Flag, downstream of the wastewater treatment plant in Flagstaff, AZ. This is one of the "good" effluent streams. Photo by one of my coworkers.

I really loved my job.  I was originally hired on to do the insect identifications for a project looking at effluent dominated streams in Arizona.  I collected aquatic insects from some of the most disgusting streams you’ll ever encounter, helped with water quality sampling, and drove many different rentals crammed full of gear. Then there was the time I practically begged my boss not to take all of out to eat in a fancy restaurant AFTER we’d been sloshing around in a stream made up of poorly treated wastewater while it was 110 degrees the whole day.  I was overruled and all of my fellow employees and I had to sit through an awkward lunch while people in the restaurant gave us dirty looks.  Little did I know, we would do this sort of thing a lot.

sampling Lake Pleasant

Sampling zooplankton in Lake Pleasant, AZ. (One of the worst days of my life was spent on Lake Pleasant.) Photo by one of my coworkers.

That project was intended to shape the state’s environmental regulations regarding effluent released into streams and it was something I felt good about.   Over the next few years, I was involved in a variety of projects concerning water use and quality.  I got to spend a lot of time on a big Boston Whaler speedboat collecting water for analysis in the Phoenix area reservoirs.  We analyzed the water and the insect populations in the rivers flowing into and out of the reservoirs.  We analyzed algae from the Central Arizona Project canal.  We looked at toxins produced by algae that were thought to be causing massive fish kills in some of the Phoenix reservoirs.  We looked at the impacts of the large Aspen Fire on the invertebrate populations of Sabino Creek and Bear Creek so that the Forest Service could decide when it was safe to put the endangered fish they had rescued back into the stream.

sampling at Rincon Creek

Me sampling one of our sites in Rincon Creek. Photo by one of my coworkers.

Eventually, my boss handed me a project in Saguaro National Park that used insects as indicators of water availability in a stream that the Park Service was making a water rights claim for.  It was a big project, one that any sane person would turn into a Master’s degree rather than the biggest side project of all time, but I loved it!  I helped plan the project, wrote the budget, did the majority of the sampling myself, processed all of the insect samples, analyzed the data, and wrote the report, so I was a major player in the work every step of the way.  This water rights claim was the first time anyone in Arizona had made a claim for water for use by wildlife based largely on insects.  I’m proud to be involved in that project and I hope that, when it is all said and done at some unknown point in the future, the Park Service gets their water so they can protect the insects in their stream.

With the downturn in the economy, we’ve started focusing on water quality monitoring and lake management because the funding for the more interesting projects dried up.  In the last 2 years, my main role in this job has become data entry guru, occasional caretaker of the fish being used in my friend’s Master’s research, and lake water sampler.  We sometimes have an insect sample sent to us that I process and sometimes we do little mini-projects that are fun, but mostly we sample lake water.

Lakeside

Lakeside

I have to admit, I hate sampling the lake that we work on.  I’m out on this metal boat about once a week sticking probes into the water and filling bottles with water from the lake.  We also put a salt in the lake to control algae.  The salt is packed into dense, heavy bags, and it dries out any bit of skin it touches.  During the summer, we end up being out on the lake during the hottest part of the day.  Sometimes it’s 110 degrees – and we’re sitting in a metal boat flinging skin drying salt into the lake.  Sometimes we dodge storms.  Sampling the lake was fun for about 3 months, but it lost it’s excitement after the first few 100+ degree days.  Besides, nearly every day on the lake is the same.  It’s become monotonous.

Pelican

One of the pelicans. The other was a brown pelican.

The things that change up a day on the lake aren’t usually good things.  Sure, we did have a couple of pelicans on the lake for a while and they were fabulous to watch.  We saw the dragonfly swarm that prompted my interest in the behavior there.  We’ve talked to some adorable children and met some very nice people.  However, the lake is located in a bad part of town.  Someone once cut the lock on our shed, stole my handtruck, and dumped a few bags of salt into the lake.  The caretaker came to give us a new lock and regaled us with stories of drugs she had found in the park, vandalism she’d encountered (she had been painting over swastikas someone had spray painted in the men’s bathroom when she got the call to come help us), and the unpleasant people she had to deal with in the park.  My coworkers and I see a lot these things ourselves.  One time we had to drag some gigantic trash cans out of the lake for the city because someone thought it would be fun to dump them in the lake.  One time a guy who was stoned out of his mind tried to get into our truck.  We are yelled at by fisherman often and have been downright verbally abused by a few lake patrons.  We get blamed if the fish aren’t biting (not our fault!), if the lake is muddy after a monsoon storm (we can’t control that), if the stock truck didn’t arrive (we don’t have any say in that), if the pelican is eating all of the fish (like anyone tells a pelican where it can and cannot feed).  One day, an older drunk guy jogging in the middle of the day in the summer fell off the dam and started gushing blood, but wouldn’t let us call an ambulance.  Another day, we had to kill a green heron because it had been irreparably mangled by a vicious dog.  And one time, they found a dead body in the lake a few hours after we’d sampled.  All in all, the lake experience has not been that enjoyable.

After working this job for several years, I was informed a couple of weeks ago that there was no longer enough money to pay me and I was laid off.  Knowing the financial status of the lab, I knew it was coming.  I can’t say that I’m sorry to lose the job though.  I do hate sampling the lake.  I was ready move on and find something more intellectually stimulating, finally finish my Ph.D. and get a real job.  I was going to have to quit in another month anyway.  That said, I am thankful that I had this job.  It kept me rooted in reality and reminded me of the bigger picture in a way that my water bug research does not.  This job introduced me to new skills and concepts that I never would have learned otherwise.  I got to write grants, develop several projects, do several projects, analyze data, write reports – things I really don’t get to do with my Ph.D. because it is only one project and I don’t have any funding for it.  I will eventually be an author on several publications for projects I participated in and the job added several notches to the bedpost that is my CV.  As a whole, the experience has been valuable and I will incorporate things I learned from this second job into my work in the future.

So, sayonara second job!  You’ve been good to me for a long time, but it’s time you and I part ways.

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Meet the Beetles!

Meet the Beetles posterI wanted to let everyone know about an event that’s coming up this weekend at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum west of Tucson.  During the summer, the Museum is open late on Saturday nights so that people can visit when the temperatures are reasonable and see some of the interesting things that happen only at night in the desert.  This Saturday, August 28, there will be a special event: Meet the Beetles!  Dr. Wendy Moore, the new systematist in the University of Arizona’s Department of Entomology, will have live specimens of over 30 Arizona beetle specimens available, as well as a whole hoarde of professional entomologists (grad students, postdocs, and professors) to share what’s known about these beetles with the public.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn a lot about Arizona’s beetles from some very knowledgeable people – and we have some truly spectacular beetles!  The event runs from 7-9PM and will be located in the Desert Garden.  Admission for the Museum is only $7 after 4PM and only $2.50 for kids 6-12.  Kids 5 and under are free.  If you’re in the Tucson area on Saturday, this is a great event and one I highly recommend!

The Dragonfly Woman is 1 Year Old!

It’s official – today marks one whole year of my writing The Dragonfly Woman!  I have to say that this has been a very rewarding experience for me.  It’s been great fun interacting with the other insect bloggers around the world and I love getting questions from readers.  It’s been a much more interactive adventure than I would have anticipated when I first started this blog and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Although the fellowship that prompted the creation of this blog is now over (and honestly, I never would have gotten this blog off the ground if I hadn’t gotten the fellowship – thanks Biosphere 2!), I intend to keep blogging.  I really love doing this and feel like I’m doing some good,spreading some good insect vibes to those who read my posts, so why not?  And now that I’ve been doing this for a year, I know what I’m doing, I’m motivated to do it, and I feel like I’m really getting something out of it personally and professionally.  Hopefully you, my readers, are getting something out of it too!

Because I’m anal, I have plans to make my blog better in the coming year.  Not that I think I’m doing anything wrong now, but there is always room for improvement.  So, I intend to make some changes and/or additions to my blog this year.  These include:

1) Posting more often. This might not happen right away as I’m in the middle of writing my dissertation, but my goal is to start posting 3-4 times a week rather than once a week like I have been.  I can’t make all of my posts long and detailed if I do this, so I plan to keep doing one detailed post a week as I’ve been doing and make the other 2-3 posts shorter pieces.  This way I can share information I find interesting right away rather than simply adding it to my ever growing list of things to talk about in my blog.  Aquatic insects rock and I want to share them with the world!

2) Getting my gallery up and running.  I have a page for it, but I haven’t had the time to go back and plop my photos into the gallery.  It’s going to take some time and effort, but I think it will be worth it in the end.  I’ll have a table of contents as well as a gallery of thumbnails so that readers can find images easily.

3) Provide more educational materials. I love developing curriculum.  I even had a job to do just that at an extension office in Colorado once.  It was great!  Teaching people about insects is the goal of my blog, so why not make some formal activities available?

4) Making my blog more interactive.  The best part of my blog is the information, questions, and comments I receive from my readers, all of the fabulous interactions I have with the people for whom I write this blog.  Through my blog, I have gleaned several new outreach opportunities, from providing dragonfly photos to an Audubon educational facility in the Phoenix area to being asked to provide some giant water bug footage for an upcoming program on Animal Planet.  I have already added a contact form so that people can send me e mails to ask me questions or get more information about topics I’ve blogged about.  Please feel free to start using it to contact me!  I would also like to start posing questions and creating polls on my blog that people may respond to.  Improving the interactive capacity of my blog also ties into my last idea…

5) Hold contests. Who doesn’t like to get free stuff?  And free insect stuff is even better!  (Well, it is if you’re an entomologist or insect enthusiast at least…)  To that end, I now announce my first contest:

I’m curious how many people actually read my new posts each week.  I’d like for everyone who reads this post to leave a comment.  If you have any suggestions for how I might improve my blog or topics you would like to see me write about over the next year, feel free to include those in your comment, but a simple “hi” will suffice.  I will randomly select a winner from all of the comments received over the next week – you have until June 4th to respond.  I’ll post name of the winner on my blog and contact him or her to get a mailing address.  The winner will then receive a matted, frame-ready Dragonfly Woman original insect block print in the mail!  The print will be hand printed in black ink on white acid-free watercolor paper by me, the Dragonfly Woman, using a hand carved linoleum block of my own design.  And, you even have a choice of insects: damselfly (Argia sp.), caterpillar hunter beetle (Calisoma sp.), scarab beetle, ant (Polyrachis sp.), or giant water bug (Lethocerus medius).  Good luck to everyone who chooses to enter!

Next week I’m going to do a post with an update on how the pond I built at the Biosphere 2 is doing a month after it’s installation.  The following week I will be going to a conference in Santa Fe, the joint meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography and the North American Benthological Society.  While I’m there, I will write a new post daily to highlight my favorite talk or poster of the day.

Thank you all for making my first year at The Dragonfly Woman blog so thoroughly enjoyable!

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