53/150: If you think adulting is hard as a human, try it as a mayfly where you only have a single day to reproduce!


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Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Ephemeroptera: Siphlonuridae: Siphlonurus: Siphlonurus alternatus (Say, 1824)

The great Carl Sagan once said that “Compared to a star, we are like mayflies, fleeting ephemeral creatures who live out their lives in the course of a single day”. While this is indeed true for adult mayflies, whose order classification “Ephemeroptera” is coined from the term ephemeral, it is not entirely accurate. Continue reading “53/150: If you think adulting is hard as a human, try it as a mayfly where you only have a single day to reproduce!”

50/150 A damsel in distress? Think again!


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animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Odonata: Coenagrionidae: Enallagma: Enallagma antennatum (Say, 1839)

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly was? Well you’ve come to the right place! First things first, both dragons and damsels make up an ancient order of insects called Odonata. They originated at least 300 million years ago and have changed very little in body design since then. Continue reading “50/150 A damsel in distress? Think again!”

32/150: Put a spring in your step and celebrate frogs with us!


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Animalia: Chordata: Amphibia: Anura: Ranidae: Rana: Rana sylvatica LeConte, 1825

It’s officially the first day of spring (finally!) and it also happens to be World Frog Day! Check out this cool infographic about frogs made by the National Aquarium in Baltimore to learn more about these cool creatures. Continue reading “32/150: Put a spring in your step and celebrate frogs with us!”

31/150: Lady crickets like the tough guys!


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animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Orthoptera: Gryllidae: Gryllinae: Gryllus: Gryllus veletis (Alexander, R.D. & Bigelow, 1960)

The Spring Field Cricket, Gryllus veletis, is common across North America. You hear this cricket’s song in the springtime until late July. Many cultures have considered crickets lucky, associating their chirps with happiness. Male crickets chirp to attract mates, and females assess the quality of the potential mate by the quality of their chirps. Continue reading “31/150: Lady crickets like the tough guys!”