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Iowa Tom: [b][red]This fake birdhouse box has weathered many years in a cedar tree. But now houses are encroaching on this area, finally. I decided to move this to a new location where one of my other caches disappeared. It'll live on soon.


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Bug Heaven

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Hidden : 1/2/2004
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To hear sounds of chirping (stridulating) insects click on the chirping cricket above and or on the table of crickets below. Notice that crickets do NOT chirp by rubbing their legs together! They rub a tiny scraper on one wing across a file on the other wing. The file vibrates and causes a small stiff patch on one wing to vibrate, producing the chirp. Here is another great source of information.

I take my biology students bug hunting here every year. Praying mantises and even a walking stick have been found here. Last year a monarch I tagged in this area was recovered in the Mexico mountains 1,643 miles south of Waterloo! NOTE: As of December of 2004 we learned that two more of our monarchs were recovered in southern Mexico. We can call them our biology class' "travel bugs"! The picture here is a netted insect's view looking up at some students and myself.

Many people ask about why this area was never fully developed. The streets were put in along with sewers and city water many years ago, maybe even 20 years ago, with the idea that people would want to build houses. Unfortunately for the developer, that didn't happen. Reason unknown.

The fact that it didn't is great for people who like to walk the area but a financial disaster for the person who started the whole enterprise. The streets are now crumbling.

Now this is one psychedelic caterpillar!

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  • A 3D monarch chrysalis! I set this stereo pair of images up to view in 3D using the cross-eyed technique.
  • A bug’s eye viewThis is what the bug sees when looking up from the bottom of the net.
  • A monarch chrysalis after the adult leftThis is what’s left of the chrysalis made by the monarch that escaped from its aquarium. It’s on the rear end of a big plastic grasshopper that was on the counter top. When the caterpillar enters the chrysalis stage almost all of its tissues dissolve into a gooey broth in which the adult “precipitates” as a butterfly! It takes about 10 days for the transformation to take place.
  • An insect's view The view that the insects have when looking up out of the nets we use!
  • Ant ant milking honey dew from his herd of aphids This is a common site in late summer around this cache.
  • Asters in 3D!Insects are wild about asters like these in the fall when they know their days are short. This is a stereo pair arranged for cross-eyed viewing.
  • Beautiful Queen Anne's Lace - a wild carrot
  • Dano nabs a BIG oneEven if an A+ bug is on top of a cohort's head, go for it!
  • Learn 20 common insect sounds.See to read how I listen to crickets and all manner of things.
  • Monarch chrysalis in 3D - about to hatch! I set this stereo pair of images up to view in 3D using the cross-eyed technique. I took this picture then it hatched out a few minutes later.
  • Monarch chrysalis on day 10-1The color does not begin to form until the day before. That makes it camouflaged until the very end.
  • Monarch chrysalis on day 10-2The colors are much more obvious beginning the night before they monarch hatches.
  • Monarch Chrysalis that fell down - in 3D! This stereo pair is set up for the cross-eyed viewing technique. I was taking pictures of this little guy when I accidentally stepped on a thin weed next to it. Wouldn't you know it. The weed whipped through the air and batted him/her (?) right off its silken hanger. But alas, the butterfly hatched out a few minutes later anyway. You can see that the chrysalis is splitting open in preparation for its emergence.
  • Monarch hatchling This monarch had escaped from its aquarium and made a chrysalis on the rear end of a big plastic grasshopper in the classroom. Here it’s drying its wings in the sunlight filtering through the window. Notice the chrysalis that is still transforming in the background.
  • Monarch hatchling 9/20/06This monarch had escaped from its aquarium and made a chrysalis on the rear end of a plastic grasshopper in the classroom. LOL We didn’t know it existed until it hatched out today! I tagged it, a female that I’m naming Emily and after school I let her go at the Hoover JH Prairie. It took her 10 minutes to pump up her wings and 3 hours to dry them. Notice that she's hanging by another chrysalis that's still transforming.
  • Now this is one psychedelic caterpillar!Species unknown. Found near the cache.
  • Now this is one weird bug!I found this tiny and delicate creature on a milkweed near aphids. I discovered they are fragile. They squish easily, super easily. Oops!
  • Queen Anne's Lace showing the purple flowerQueen Anne’s Lace is said to have been named after Queen Anne of England, an expert lace maker. English legend tells us that Queen Anne challenged the ladies of the court to a contest to see who could produce a pattern of lace as lovely as the flower of this plant. No one could rival the queen's handiwork. She however, pricked her finger with a needle and a single drop of blood fell into the lace, that is said to be the dark purple floret in the center of the flower.
  • stridulation of a common meadow katydidA graph of the stridulation of a common meadow katydid heard in the area of this cache. Notice the seconds indicated along the top. The right hand side is quite magnified.
  • We are ready!The biology class reins over the insect population near this cache every fall.

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