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Bug on my Glasses

The other day I was walking down the street when I noticed something on my glasses. I took them off to wipe them and realized I’d managed to collide with the tiniest caterpillar I’ve ever seen. Look how green it … Continue reading

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Bug on my Restaurant Window

Friday evening was pleasantly cool here in Washington, and I had dinner outside one of my favorite restaurants, Jaleo, with a former neighbor who’s moved to New York. (So silly. Why must people move away?) As we sat there, I … Continue reading

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Bells and Cicadas

Yesterday after my voice lesson I sat for a while outside Washington National Cathedral, listening to the bells ring. A bit of sleuthing on my phone told me there was some sort of change ringing convention in town. It was … Continue reading

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Bug on my Train Window

On Monday I went for a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway, a railway that was originally for transporting slate down from the mountains to the Welsh coast. Now it mostly carries tourists the other way, from Porthmadog up to Blaenau … Continue reading

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Bug On My Window: First of 2014

This bug appeared on my window a couple of weeks ago, when it still seemed like there was a chance that spring might come to Washington this year. I underestimated the polar vortex. Today those roofs that are blurrily visible … Continue reading

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Fruit Flies and Opera

It’s not every day you get to make an opera reference in a science piece. But the researchers just handed it to me. In this brief item about how fruit flies avoid STDs, the gene is from a gene family … Continue reading

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Bug on my Friend’s Screen Door

Living in the city, I get very little exposure to one of summer’s great delights: Fireflies. Fortunately, I have friends with houses in the suburbs. In addition to fireflies, this particular house offers such suburban amenities as frolicking bunnies, a … Continue reading

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How Dragonflies Catch Their Prey

A month ago I posted a picture of some fruit flies on a window and said I’d give details when the story is out. Well, the story is out! That window was into a dragonfly flight arena; the flies were … Continue reading

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Bug on a Window at Work

Yesterday I went out with a video crew to report a story on [redacted] for [redacted]. (Details when the story is out.) This delightful collection of bugs was on a window in a scientist’s lab. That’s not a window to … Continue reading

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Bug in my Compost

Today I put some dead flowers in the compost–I was so happy to get flowers, I couldn’t let them go until they were pretty dead–and as I was dismantling them, I noticed an inchworm on the face of a wilting … Continue reading

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