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  • Today I saw this year's first Japanese Beetles in City Park's rose garden next to the Museum. Japanese Beetles (Popillia japonica; length about 10 mm, 3/8 inch) are an invasive horticultural pest that should not be here and should not be able to survive in Colorado's dry climate. They arrived in 191…
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  • Last Sunday, we welcomed Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh from Bethlehem University in Palestine. He is on a busy schedule traveling through the United States, giving talks and joining discussions on the enviroment, natural history museums, and peace in the Middle East. In 2014, with the support of Bethlehem Un…
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  • On July 5, 26 microlepidopterists and aficionados of micro-moths from North America and Europe came together at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to present results of ongoing reseach and discuss dissection and preparation methods for those tiny and fragile, nevertheless beautiful insects. T…
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  • A new species of worm was discovered at a toxic cave in Steamboat Springs, Colorado by David Steinmann, Research Associate of the Zoology Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The unusual worms were named Limnodrilus sulphurensis in the scientific journal Zootaxa, with the name be…
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  • Image credit: Rob Shearer.While most geese migrate between breeding grounds in the north and their more southerly wintering grounds, about3.4 million remain in one location throughout the year. The most abundant species of goose in North America, the Canadagoose, primarily breeds in Canada and Alask…
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  • New Caledonia is a biodiversity hotspot, with a high number of endemic species, many of which living in very small areas. Go to another mountain, or just a few miles to another valley, and you might find a different set of species. Since the early 2000s, Dr Jörn Theuerkauf from the Museum and Instit…
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  • In September we reached another milestone in our efforts to make our collections globally accessible through the SCAN portal: Our wonderful team of citizen scientist volunteers topped the mark of 80,000 databased specimens from the entomology collection. Supported by two NSF grants (CSBR and SCAN) a…
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  • Late September in the Rockies is always beautiful with that crispness to the air and brilliant colors as the aspen change. Last week, curator of mammals, Dr. John Demboski took advantage of the season and headed out to the Snowy Range in Wyoming to conduct some small mammal fieldwork. He was accompa…
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  • Dr. Paula Cushing, the Museum’s Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, has spent her career studying spiders and their relatives. In honor of her work, two colleagues have named arachnids after her.A newly discovered fossil camel spider (an arachnid in the order Solifugae) was named Cushingia ellenbergeri…
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