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I Believe The Children Are Our Pupae

Okay yes it’s a parody of a corny song, but by gumballs it’s the eve before a nail-biting election, and no matter what happens tomorrow, the best thing I can do to calm my nerves is to help some underprivileged … Continue reading

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The Buzz of the Real in the Garden of Mouthings

High in the Berkeley Hills, the UC Botanical Garden has entreated a collection of artists, poets, and architects to create engaging and thought-provoking works, and situate them amidst its twisting trails. The show Natural Discourse will be on display from … Continue reading

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The Surreal World of Insects

Last Saturday’s opening of The Surreal World of Insects at Terraria was a total hit. More than a simple wine-and-cheese affair, it became a huge party of insect artists and natural history enthusiasts that lasted long into the night! The … Continue reading

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Insect Art In The East Bay

There’s an Insect Art Show happening right on my doorstep, and what’s more, I’ve been invited to take part! On Saturday, June 23, Terraria (a new boutique terrarium art store) will host The Surreal World of Insects, featuring a great … Continue reading

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Sundews and Sun Rings

This is my second post about our trip to Quincy. Frankly, my Darlingtonia… The native California pitcher plants (Darlingtonia californica) are a thing to behold, especially when they’re flowering. The blooms, hanging heavily from high straight poles, have flapping green … Continue reading

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The Black Petaltail of Butterfly Valley

I have returned from an epic nature adventure with many friends, combining events celestial and botanical! The timing of the annular eclipse of the Sun coincided with the blooming of native pitcher plants in Butterfly Valley, a place my wife … Continue reading

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In Which: I Eat All The Insects

Last night Mrs. Swarm and I visited the Headlands Center for the Arts to take part in a delicious multi-course meal presented by Monica Martinez, owner of  Don Bugito, a new insect-themed food cart in San Francisco. The Headlands Center … Continue reading

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San Francisco Eats Insects

While most of the world thinks nothing of eating insects, (indeed, it could be argued that in most of humanity’s history we’ve been eating insects), Europe and the US throw up their hands over their mouths in utter amazement of … Continue reading

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Cyrus Tilton

As a semi-frequent attendee of the Oakland Art Murmur, an open-gallery art event that takes place every month, I have been lucky to be exposed to Cyrus Tilton’s works thanks to  Vessel Gallery.  Tilton’s sculptures are one of my favorite … Continue reading

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City of Insects

I love a good insect-snack when they’re served in edgy restaurants or entomology conferences, but these are essentially leggy window-dressing, a haute cuisine curio usually consisting of a dry-roasted cricket coated in spices daringly decorating a fancy hors d’oeuvre.  Sure … Continue reading

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