Friday, December 15, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Wish List

Ready for the 2017 arthropod gift idea list?  Hopefully I've found something for every discerning person on your gift list.

Not only are these spider slippers adorable, but they will also keep your toes toasty on those chilly winter evenings.
fuzzy spider slippers

If those slippers are a bit too cutesy for you, then you can try these classier Jimmy Choo Sloane scarab slippers.  Unfortunately (or fortunately based upon your budget), these are currently sold out.

Jimmy Choo Sloane Scarab slippers

For the more intellectual person on your gift list, you can try a book.  The Beekeeper's Lab by Kim Lehman is one that I contributed to. 

Beekeeper's Lab by Kim Lehman

A good coffee table book is Microsculpture: Portrait of Insects by Levon Biss.

Microsculpture Portrait of Insects by Levon Biss

If price is no object, you can gift this beautiful topaz ring by Sevan Bicakci.....
butterfly topaz ring by Sevan Bicakci

.....or if the price tag is a bit too steep and you still want wear your insect, then you can try a Insect Terrarium necklace by Chrysalis Studios.

insect terrarium necklace

The last offering comes from Michael Mangiafico of FIG Studios.  He's a glass artist that I took a class from years ago when I was still lampworking.  I love his work as much of it has an arthropod theme (we learned how to make a glass scorpion in class).  His work is extremely delicate, detailed, and is stunning.
lampwork glass catrpillars by FIG studios

Friday, December 1, 2017

Free Webinar Today- Don't Let Bed Bugs Hamper Your Vacation Plans

What: “All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series” 
Bed bug on mattress seamWhen: Friday , December 1st at 1:00 pm CST 
Who: Alan Brown,  from ABC Home & Commercial Services in Austin, TX, 
Topic: “Don’t Let Bed Bugs Hamper Your Vacation Plans”.  This will be great information as many of us get ready to travel for the holidays.  

The link to the live webinar is here:

Details: The webinar will be recorded, so you can watch it any time.  To watch a webinar, just log in as a guest 15 minutes before the webinar begins.

Holiday travel plans often involve nights spent away from home.  Learn practical tips for identifying signs of bed bugs before they hitch hike home with you.  Alan Brown, ABC Home & Commercial Services, Austin, TX will discuss ways that travelers can detect and avoid bed bug infestations. 

Moderated by Taylor Vandiver and Marcus Garner, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Cooperative Extension System. 

Note: on December 1, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message.
The link to the live webinar is here:

For more webinars in this series, see 2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series. The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Ant Pests, and Urban IPM; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension ServiceClemson Cooperative Extension and University of Georgia Extension.