May 14, 2011
Gentle Readers,
We currently have far too many identification requests for our tiny staff to handle.  Though we feel compelled to respond to as many identification requests as possible, the fact is that if we were balled and chained to the computer, we still couldn’t respond to all of your requests.  We try to select letters with interesting or compelling subject lines to read first.  We encourage you to browse our archives and to use our very thorough search engine in an attempt to self identify the creature of interest.  Chances are quite good that the creature you want identified is already on our site.  You may also want to check our Top 10 identification requests because a great percentage of unknowns are Potato Bugs, Boxelder Bugs, Dobsonflies or House Centipedes.  We have personal commitments today including cleaning the aquariums (we promise a current update this weekend), working in our own garden and we have plans to visit the Bug Fair.  We are going to shirk our duties to our readership this morning and we will return to our time sucking computer later.  In the meantime, feel free to poke around our site and enjoy our archives.

May 15, 2011
e need to confess that the trip to the Bug Fair was postponed until today due to circumstances beyond our control.  At least the garden got some attention yesterday and it is gently raining in Los Angeles this morning, which should make nature happy, though folks with outdoor activity plans may be scowling.

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