Thursday, April 4, 2013

Interview at Madison Children's Museum

The manager of the Rooftop of Madison Children's Museum interviewed me. She liked the fact that I love insects and I come from Taiwan. Interested in ethnobotany and indigenous agriculture, she hoped to hear about what vegetables and herbs Taiwanese people grow and eat. She also hoped that I could help take care of their cockroaches and meal-worms, and start a cricket culture; so the animals living on Rooftop will have food source, and children can look at those insects. I think it meant that she gladly accepted me as the summer volunteer, so I'll be going to Children's Museum one morning 9 to 1 o'clock per week to help take care of their garden, animals, and play with children!

Growing Food and Sustainability, after reviewing my application for their summer paid internship, said they were impressed by my application and wanted to interview me soon. I hope the interview will go well. I think one of the greatest things university taught me is bettering my BS ability. I wrote so much for the application but I already forgot what I wrote!

Dysdera crocata

I found a medium-sized spider in my house. At first, I was a bit alarmed because I didn't know if this red- and ivory-colored spider with big fangs was poisonous. I checked online and found it's a Dysdera crocata, commonly known as the woodlouse spider. It feeds exclusively on woodlice and its big fangs are used to grab and pierce through the exoskeleton of woodlice! Luckily this spider doesn't cause problems to humans. When I tried to find it again, it was gone, probably went hiding somewhere in my house. It was a pretty spider!

Pictures of spiders of the same species from the internet: