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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bugs Everywhere

I submitted this article to the Quad, but it didn't make it. :( I guess it wasn't relevent to the paper; I might have better luck with a local paper. I was thinking about submitting the piece about Penrose to the Quad because they are trying to play the Note (local entertainment venu), but again it might not be relevent. Let me share with you the piece about the Academy of Natural Sciences.


Bugs, Bugs, Bugs Everywhere

Jessica Marie Cavaliere


The warm air relieves the frost-bitten bones as the people entering grab the knobs in the shape of a bone and walk through the door that leads inside the Academy of Natural Science in Philadelphia. Although it was perfect Christmas weather outside—35 degrees and windy—most couldn’t wait to escape the Christmas festivities around the city of Brotherly Love to see Outside the Box: Bugs on Display. This exhibit came to the Academy of Natural Science on October 22, 2011 and showcases life sized insects, sculpted by artists, to show the public what biologists study inside the research boxes and through magnifying glasses. The exhibit was neat—there was unique artistry to these life sized bugs (as the unscientific population like to call them), despite the harshness of the gray platform below that supported the genealogical information—one could learn a lot about the different species in the insect kingdom. A personal favorite was the sculpture of the praying mantis, which earned its name from the praying posture it has. Sometimes biologists like to call them “preying mantis” because of their predatory nature. Apparently the praying mantis is also related to termites, who would have thought an innocent looking bug could be related to a parasitic pest and could be territorial? Innocent insects, or what is thought of to be innocent, are usually the most territorial, according to the displays.

The exhibit was only at the Academy of Natural Sciences until January 18, 2012. Although this cool exhibit was missed, there are a lot to do at the Academy of Natural Sciences such as the new exhibit Art of Science as well as the Live Butterfly garden and other ecological displays. To find out more information, go to www.ansp.org. It seems like there are new programs every four-six months; by keeping up with the site, it’ll be easier to keep up with events that’ll be of interest. Even after the tour of the Academy is done, it is always fun to explore Philadelphia and see what it has to offer. Touring South Street (especially the piercing parlors) and Historical Fifth and Second Streets are a personal favorite. Whatever the desire, don’t miss out on the opportunity to travel and explore new surroundings!

To get to Philadelphia from West Chester (without the hassle of driving): take SEPTA Rt. 104 to 69th Street, then take the Market-Frankford line to 15th Street, then walk to 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway (don’t worry, it’s not a long walk). If you want to explore the rest of Philadelphia, the Market-Frankford line services up until Frankford Station (east bound) or 69th Street (west bound).

To get to Philadelphia from King of Prussia and the surrounding areas (without the hassle of driving): take SEPTA Rt. 100 (the trolley) from Bridgeport, King Manor, Haverford/Havertown, Ardmore and Wynnewood to 69th Street, then take to Market-Frankford line to 15th Street, then walk to 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Of course, the train is also available, but the train is more expensive! Check out Septa.org for more information.

Jessica Cavaliere

4th year English Major with minors in Creative Writing and Philosophy

2 comments:

  1. Thanks Andrew. :) I probably should have proofed it a bit more before submitting -- but I thought that's what newspaper editors are for!

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