June 3, 2021
This week, VMNH Myriapodologist Dr. Jackson Means and Associate Curator of Recent Invertebrates Dr. Kal Ivanov were joined by Coleopterist (a person who studies or collects beetles) and all-around brilliant bug guy Dr. Art Evans for a trip to the spectacular Grayson Highlands State Park.
The day was overcast and chilly; perfect conditions for finding millipedes, ants, and other soil-dwelling critters! Among the day's discoveries were two species of the twisted-claw millipedes (genus Nannaria), a beautiful Scolopocryptops centipede, and a rarely seen giant cimbicid bee (Trichiosoma triangulum)!
Overall, it was an exciting day of exploration for our intrepid scientists, and - as always - we encourage you to get out into nature, pay attention to the often missed BEEtails around you, and enjoy the splendor of the great outdoors!
What will you discover?