The Monkey Slug

I received a call on the radio for an ID request at the Admissions Desk here at the Museum. The caller didn’t say what kind of an identification but just that “someone was in need of an identification.” Someone had brought in something that they couldn’t identify. When this type of call occurs, as it sometimes does here at the Museum, it’s usually a rock, fossil, dead snake, or an insect that someone found in their yard. The object was unfamiliarRead more

New Caterpillars

Two caterpillars that I hadn’t seen before were introduced to me this past week. Both have odd names. One is named turbulent phosphila or two headed caterpillar (Phosphila turbulenta), the other is called monkey slug or hag moth caterpillar (phobetron epithelium). One day last week, Facilities Tech, Wayne was working in the brush below the boardwalk here at the Museum. I happened to be standing there when he emerged from the woods beneath the wooden walkway after completing his duties.Read more