Whittaker AstroBot #2

What better way to honor Prof. William L. “Red” Whittaker than to make an astrobot inspired by his work. Whittaker is well known as Chief Scientist of the Robotics Engineering Consortium At Carnegie Mellon University. What I love about his work is that his robots reference the strengths and characteristics of insects. I’ve added a 1950s campy sci-fi film component to make a six-legged candidate for a walk on the moon. His hair is clearly on fire due to theRead more

The Syrphid fly: a good guy

The Syrphid fly, aka the hoverfly or flower fly, is often seen hovering over flowers. Aphid-eating hoverflies are important natural enemies of pests, and potential agents for use in biological control. Some adult syrphid flies are important pollinators. Hoverflies are common throughout the world and the good news is, they are harmless to most other animals. Look twice next time you think you see a wasp or bee–it may just be the more gentle and beneficial hoverfly. Materials: Vintage wood, beads and buttons; wire; wool; motorRead more