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Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path Virginia Living Museum Educator, Lisa Wright passionately gathers images for this photographic journal exploring the smaller (and often overlooked) natural wonders encountered "off the beaten path".

Monarch Butterfly Emerging From Chrysalis

October 3, 2012. This time of year, in late September and early October, monarch butterflies that hatch out now are the ones that will migrate to Mexico.  Educator Judy Molnar has been doing monarch tagging demonstrations here at the Virginia Living Museum for several years. …

Polyphemus Caterpillar & Cocoon

September 19, 2012. Many, many thanks to Maggie McCartney and Thomas Waser in our Herpetology Department for spotting this incredible caterpillar on our Museum grounds!  It’s a polyphemus caterpillar–my index finger is shown for scale.  And, yes, the caterpillar really is almost a neon green…

More “Whose Feet?”

September 5, 2012. The topic today is feet….so here’s the first set of feet.  Can you guess what they belong to? What about this one?  Hint:  It’s the hind foot of an animal that spends a lot of time in the water, but can also…

Eye See You Again

August 22, 2012. Here’s another close-up look at animal eyes.  Can you guess whose eyes these are?: This eye belongs to something with strong claws, or pincers: And this eye also belongs to a crustacean–sort of a cousin to the animal in the picture above:…

More “Whose Tail?”

August 8, 2012. For all of my “guess who” readers, here’s another installment of “Whose Tail?”  The first photo is of a scaly animal–it’s pretty easy to guess: This next photo is of a mammal’s tail–really!–even though it looks a bit scaly, it’s not a…

Let’s Bee Friends

July 25, 2012. Here at the Museum, we have an exhibit beehive where the honey bees (Apis mellifera) are free to come and go as they please since the hive entrance is connected by a tube to a hole in a glass window.  When you…

A Closer Look at a “Living Fossil”

July 11, 2012. If you’ve read my previous blogs, you know I’m fascinated with “close-up” photography–I love the small details of nature!  So, can you guess what animal this is?  Its species is considered a “living fossil” and it’s on display at our ever-popular Touch…

Albino Alligator

June 27, 2012. This summer we have a special animal in our Changing Exhibits Gallery:  an albino alligator.  She’s on loan from  the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, a zoological park in Florida.  Right now she’s only about 4 feet long and weighs between 15-20 lbs. …

Up Close at the Touch Tank

June 13, 2012. The Touch Tank is a marvelous–and popular!–place where our Museum Guests can get up close and personal with several aquatic animals native to the Chesapeake Bay–and can even touch some of them with the assistance of our very dedicated volunteers.  A special thanks…

Whose Feet?

May 30, 2012. Okay, it’s been a while since I posted a “guessing game,” so here’s one on animal feet.  This first photo is of an animal in our Outdoor Aviary, a part of our three-quarter mile Outdoor Trail.  If you need another clue, look…