Saturday, April 28, 2012


The Butterfly Pavilion not only lets you walk among lots of colorful butterflies, but it also has a little area where you can watch butterflies emerging from cocoons (if you have good timing and are patient). There are also cases of dead butterflies, which might sound morbid, but look how beautiful they are.

 (photo by Thomas Peipert)

Thomas had a question, and Mary Ann at the Butterfly Pavilion promptly responded. Learn along with us:

Hi, I received a post card from you with the question:

Q: Are the pinned butterflies treated with a preservative or lacquer?

A: No the butterflies and other invertebrates that we display here at the Butterfly Pavilion are not treated with anything on their bodies to keep them preserved. Butterflies and other insects have an exoskeleton that is made of chitin, a hard and sturdy material. When an insect dies it will maintain its shape for a long time and if pinned and spread in a display like you see at the Butterfly Pavilion, the insects can stay, for the most part, intact for 100’s of years. Over time colors will fade but the exoskeleton can keep its rigidity. In order to maintain these types of displays with pinned insects in them we do need to treat the containers with pest deterrents that feed on the dead insects on display. Dermestid beetles are a big pest to these types of displays so museums can use moth balls, fumigant boxes with paradicholorobenzene and/or dicholorvos tape. All of these pesticides repel these beetles and keep the insects intact.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Denver Zoo

Last week for national volunteer week, some Denver attractions let their volunteers visit each others' sites for free. So we went to the Denver Zoo and saw a capybara, the world's largest rodent, which was hilarious for some reason. Also, we saw this funny yellow fish:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Gov Ball NYC

Need a mix for this morning? How about one from Gov Ball NYC 2012 artists?

Listen to it here. With Beck, Explosions in the Sky, Built to Spill, Freelance Whales, Modest Mouse, Chromeo, lots more

Thursday, April 05, 2012

New White Rabbits vid

This is "Temporary," from White Rabbits.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012


Jewel played for free at the Convention Center over the weekend as part of the women's NCAA Final Four in Denver. It was just her and two acoustic guitars, playing for a few hundred people. She started off with an a cappella version of "Over the Rainbow" and then went into "Near You Always."

She asked for requests from the audience but had to pass some over because she couldn't remember all the words. She did play "Carnivore," which isn't on any records, and a ditty about Denver that she wrote. Also "Hands," "Foolish Games," "Who Will Save Your Soul," "Meant for Me," "Violet Eyes." She finished by yodeling.