Ferocious Beauty

Carnivorous plants have turned the tables on food webs. Rather than insects munching on plants, these plants chow down on insects. The “traps” of yellow [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:55-05:00September 25th, 2014|

Buzz Kill

One of the joys of being the resident entomologist in my family and circle of friends is that I frequently receive “What’s this bug?” texts [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:55-05:00September 18th, 2014|

Wings of Change

You may have noticed a small white butterfly flittering through your garden, bouncing across your path while on your bike or spiraling around the side [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:55-05:00September 16th, 2014|

Urban Cicada Safari

On September 2, as the 9-5ers emptied out of downtown Raleigh, we gathered near the State Legislature Building to embark on an urban insect adventure. [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:56-05:00September 12th, 2014|

Nothing Gold Can Stay

The American goldfinch (Spinus tristis), like many animals, changes colors over the course of a year. In the summer, male goldfinches dress in bright gold [...]

By |2014-09-08T10:00:57-04:00September 8th, 2014|

Mushroom Musings

With last weekend's rains, mushrooms have sprouted up all over Raleigh yards, neighborhoods and parks. The above is a composite sketch of all the beautiful [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:57-05:00August 7th, 2014|

Squirrel Sketch

If you live on the East Coast, I bet you encountered at least one eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) during your regular comings and goings [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:58-05:00July 28th, 2014|

Nature in NSF’s Backyard

2014 marks the 3rd consecutive year that a pair of black vultures (Coragyps atratus) have chosen the roof of the National Science Foundation to raise [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:58-05:00July 15th, 2014|

Celebrating Native Bees

As you were enjoying celebrations this July 4th weekend, you may have noticed many bees flying around your yard or neighborhood park, pollinating flowers and [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:47:03-05:00July 6th, 2014|

My Favorite Actor

I’ve seen some incredible organisms over the years, but one of my favorite critters is the eastern hognose snake (Heterodon platirhinos), a stocky snake found [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:47:03-05:00June 30th, 2014|


Follow that trail of slime to an amazing creature. It walks on one foot, perches two eyes way over its head, and has a saddle [...]

By |2015-01-12T16:00:13-05:00June 25th, 2014|

I Am Mouse, Hear Me Roar

When Paul showed up at work with that coffee can full of mice babies, I knew I was perched on the zenith of the best [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:47:04-05:00June 23rd, 2014|
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