February 12 is Darwin’s birthday. To celebrate, check out some of the coolest things we have in our collections with a link to the Granddaddy of Biology himself. 1. Darwin's finches finches.jpg Read more about 5 Behind-the-Scenes Specimens with Links to Darwin
Blogs & Videos: Insects
The Field Museum is home to about 30 million objects—including a handful of super creepy ones. Here are some of our favorites that walk the line between scientifically valuable and downright horrifying. 1. Freezers full of dead animals deer_head.jpg Read more about Eight behind-the-scenes specimens that will haunt your dreams
More than 420 million years ago ancient millipedes took their first many -- many many many -- steps onto land. Today they remain largely cryptic animals, as there are tens of thousands of species still unknown to science. Associate Curator Dr. Petra Sierwald, arachnologist and millipede expert, is working to create a visual atlas to help with our understanding and identification of these mysterious creatures! If you find a millipede and would like to have it identified, send us an image! thebrainscoop(at)gmail(dot)com Read more about Millipedes: The First Land Animals
Bullet ants (Paraponera clavata) have the most intense sting of any insect -- but what makes it so painful? Dr. Corrie Moreau walks us through how she extracts their venom to learn more about the chemistry of this remarkable species!
Last week, she showed us how she dissects ants to learn about their gut microbiomes! https://youtu.be/D0HGz4RPLwc
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Wherein Dr. Corrie Moreau shows us how she dissects ants to learn about their gut microbiomes for her research! Check out the work happening in her lab by checking out their website: http://www.moreaulab.org/research/
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In which we take an expedition deep into an area of unstudied rainforest, and document our discoveries. At night. Read more about In Search of Night Life
Learn more about FMWIS intern Hannah Davis, and project, "Walking Lichens" and her main supervisors were Jim Boone and Robert Luecking, with subsequent supervisors being Allie Stone and Kelsey Keaton. She mainly worked in the Insect Collection, which holds over four-and-a-half million specimens. Hannah sifted through drawers of Praying Mantids, Katydids, Grasshoppers, Treehoppers, Walking Sticks, and Moths, looking for species which mimicked lichen. Her "mini-collection" consisted of 106 specimens belonging to 88 unique species. Read more about Field Museum Women in Science (FMWIS) Internships 2014 -- Hannah Davis
There is a room in the back areas of the museum where specimens are placed in order for them to be cleaned. Read more about Are There Really Bugs That Eat Flesh?
Bonus clip from our episode "How To Pin An Insect" - enjoy the lil' tiger beetle! Read more about The Tiger Beetle