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The Bugs of Bernheim: Wheel Bugs – Armed Assassins

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Wheel Bugs (Arilus cristatus) are armed assassins in more ways than one. They belong to the order Hemiptera (true bugs), and like other insects in this order, they have a pair of hardened forewings with clear tips that make them look like half wings. In fact, the name of this order is derived from the Greek word meaning half wing. True bugs are … [Read more]

RUX at CONNECT Artist Spotlight: John Haywood

Art, Music and Fun are synonymous with CONNECT at Bernheim.  This year is no different as Billy Goat Strut Revue and kRi Majesty take to the stage.  Our recent partnership with theKentucky Rural-Urban Exhange (RUX) will bring new sounds of Kentucky to CONNECT with performances from artists highlighted in this blog series.  These artists are a … [Read more]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Mosquitos – A Closer Look

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Weighing in at a mere 2.5 – 10 mg and living less than two months, it’s hard to imagine the mosquito as the deadliest animal on earth. However, causing around 725,000 deaths a year, it is just that. More than 3,500 species of mosquito have been discovered, showing a wide range of feeding habits. Nectar collectors and sad-feeding mosquitoes do not … [Read more]

Mark your calendar – Give Local Louisville is September 15


Give Local Louisville is back and better than ever. Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Louisville, Give Local Louisville is the biggest day of local giving. The 24 hour event was created to inspire people to give generously to the nonprofits that make our community a better, more vital place to live. In 2015, $3 million was raised for 362 … [Read more]

Tomatoes, At the Heart of Summer Eating: Isaac’s Café Specials, August 15-19

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When I think of August, I think of tomatoes. Gardens are heavy with a tangle of fruit laden vines of possibilities. I can't think of a more versatile summer crop. Add peppers, onions, cilantro, and lime, and you have an instant fiesta. Perhaps add some fresh basil and balsamic vinegar to make the perfect bruschetta. Even the smallest of gardens … [Read more]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Bugs are Worthy of our Attention


Years ago, under the direction of my four year old niece Casie, I spent 45 minutes watching a fuzzy white caterpillar munching leaves.  We watched in amazement as leaf after leaf disappeared beneath the appetite of this tiny herbivore. With her dedication to the task, Casie reminded me that bug watching deserves time and attention. In my years as a … [Read more]