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The Bug Chicks Sofa Safari

The Bug Chicks Sofa Safari

You don’t have to visit the Amazon or Borneo to see cool animals – there is an amazing world to discover here in the United States! We will be traveling across the country to film bizarre and familiar arthropods (arthropods = animals with an exoskeleton). Using a vintage sofa as our setpiece in wild ecosystems, we will inspire you to “get off the couch” and explore America's backyard wilderness. Sign in to join mission

The Bug Chicks Sofa Safari
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We're partnering with Project Noah to make our adventure truly interactive. We want you to upload pictures of insects and other arthropods found along the route or in your own backyards. We'll live-blog and tweet related behind-the-scenes clips, how-to videos, and additional content through Project Noah and NPR’s Science Friday during the five week expedition. We're getting ready to hit the road and we hope you're getting ready to show us your bugs!

The Bug Chicks Sofa Safari

Lat: 45.52 Long: -122.68

Recent Spottings

Ichneumon wasp Saturniidae27 1 0 Ichneumon wasp
Brown marmorated stink bug Saturniidae27 1 0 Brown marmorated stink bug
Rice stink bugs (mating) Saturniidae27 2 0 Rice stink bugs (mating)
Leafhopper assassin bug Saturniidae27 1 0 Leafhopper assassin bug
Triangulate bud spider (♂) Saturniidae27 1 0 Triangulate bud spider (♂)
Bordered Plant Bug Brian38 7 1 Bordered Plant Bug
European oil beetle Marek Koszorek 1 0 European oil beetle
California darner Brian38 9 5 California darner
Tiger Fly Brian38 2 0 Tiger Fly
Red Net-winged Beetle Brian38 8 5 Red Net-winged Beetle
Sawtoothed Stick Insect Tukup 5 6 Sawtoothed Stick Insect
Dark flower scarab beetle Saturniidae27 1 0 Dark flower scarab beetle
Black and red paper wasp ornithoptera80 1 0 Black and red paper wasp
Large bee-fly Brian38 3 3 Large bee-fly
Pacific Northwest Firefly Brian38 1 0 Pacific Northwest Firefly
Orchard mason bee with pollen mites Brian38 2 0 Orchard mason bee with pollen mites
Spiny Lobster Katydid Tukup 5 5 Spiny Lobster Katydid
The Beggar Moth ForestDragon 2 2 The Beggar Moth
Chinese Mantis ForestDragon 3 0 Chinese Mantis
Japanese Beetle Tukup 2 2 Japanese Beetle
Pandora Sphinx Moth ForestDragon 7 1 Pandora Sphinx Moth
Merry Melipotis Moth ForestDragon 1 1 Merry Melipotis Moth
Yellow-collared Scape Moth ForestDragon 1 0 Yellow-collared Scape Moth
Spotted Orbweaver ForestDragon 1 0 Spotted Orbweaver
Virginian Tiger Moth ForestDragon 1 0 Virginian Tiger Moth
Red-spotted Purple ForestDragon 1 0 Red-spotted Purple
Common Whitetail mature male ForestDragon 1 0 Common Whitetail mature male
Red-washed Prominent Moth ForestDragon 1 0 Red-washed Prominent Moth
The Laugher Moth ForestDragon 1 1 The Laugher Moth
Swamp Cicada ForestDragon 1 0 Swamp Cicada
Short-lined Kite Swallowtail Tukup 4 0 Short-lined Kite Swallowtail
Luna Moth ForestDragon 5 0 Luna Moth
Bee fly Brian38 1 0 Bee fly
Cutworm Brian38 0 2 Cutworm
Tricolored Bumble Bee Brian38 3 0 Tricolored Bumble Bee
Common true katydid Brian38 2 0 Common true katydid
American Idia Brian38 2 0 American Idia
Vivid dancer Brian38 2 0 Vivid dancer
Carolina locust Brian38 1 0 Carolina locust
Granulated Carabid Brian38 1 0 Granulated Carabid
Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (female) Brian38 2 0 Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (female)
Spoon-tailed short-wing katydid Brian38 1 0 Spoon-tailed short-wing katydid
Autumn red-winged Grasshopper Brian38 1 0 Autumn red-winged Grasshopper
Pallid-winged grasshopper Brian38 3 2 Pallid-winged grasshopper
Bearded Weevil Tukup 4 4 Bearded Weevil
Furrow Orbweaver male ForestDragon 1 0 Furrow Orbweaver male
Exposed Bird Dropping Moth male ForestDragon 2 0 Exposed Bird Dropping Moth male
Braconid Wasp ForestDragon 2 0 Braconid Wasp
Unknown Moth ForestDragon 1 0 Unknown Moth
Walnut Sphinx Moth ForestDragon 1 0 Walnut Sphinx Moth

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