Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at email@example.com to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
I have been teaching since 1965 and have recently joined the English Department as an Associate Faculty member at Feather River College. Recently taught Nature Literature in America and am currently teaching Interpersonal Communication and Basic Reading and Writing.
In the previous post I introduced the hierarchy of scientific names that apply to bugs. I spoke of Insects as belonging to Class Insecta (of Phylum Arthropoda), and that the class is divided into Orders. Beetles belong to Order Coleoptera. The so-called "true bugs" belong to the Order Hemiptera. So, in the restrictive sense, beetles are not true bugs, but they are certainly bugs as far as non-scientists are concerned. Virtually all the Orders of Insects end with the suffix -ptera that means "wings." We won't get much more technical than that here, but suffice to say that beetles usually always have hard covers over their wings like the familiar Ladybird Beetles, and the huge Pine Borer in the top photo above. True Bugs, or Order Hemiptera, usually always have a more or less shield-shaped back with wings that are somewhat hardened at the base and softer and more membranous further away from the base. The second photo above is a Red Milkweed Bug which is a true bug in the Order Hemiptera. By the way, the harder wing covers of the beetles must move aside to allow the softer membranous flight wings to spread for flight. Most people have seen this happen with one kind of beetle or another. In the next post, I'll include a number of photos of beetles and true bugs.