This week I thought I’d highlight how people generally think of arthropods / insects.
Side note: Arthropods is the larger container “group” (a phylum in the Linnaean system) and includes animals with jointed appendages, segmented bodies and an exoskeleton. Insects (a class in the Linnaean system) is a narrower group that includes animals with an exoskeleton, three part bodies and six jointed legs.
I’m presenting here a selection of posts taken from a Facebook group where people share odd things they’ve seen in or around Tucson. This past summer there were A LOT of “bug” posts - so many that someone finally posted this:
The posts I wanted to share are about a mother scorpion (they brood their young on their backs! Cool, eh?), a robber fly (excellent garden predators) and a firefly larva (a baby beetle that when it ecloses as an adult everyone is ready to love ‘em! Though I admit as a juveniles they are reminiscent of that guy from Star Trek, Khan’s brain-eating worms -- Reading through the threads you get a sense that most folks are rather intolerant of these forms of life.
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Brittany Ransom is an award-winning artist, technologist, and assistant professor of Sculpture and New Genres at California State University, Long Beach.
Cara Gibson is a graphic designer, director of Science Communications, and Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson.