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Naturalist Notebook 

September 13, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

Photo: N. Sincero 2011

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • If you were alive 5,000 years ago and happened to be in China, you could see examples of this specimen.
  • Today you can find examples of this specimen all over the world.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us outside the Project Lab on Friday, September 16th at 11:30 AM for Specimen Spotlight in order to find out if you’re right.

Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 7:46 am


  1. Is this a silk sampling from the silkworm?

    Comment by Daniel — September 14, 2011 @ 9:28 am

  2. Are the answers to these always wild? Because I have a strange feeling that this is a dog. How else would it have spread across the world without wings or fins unless humans took it there. I’m specifically thinking it’s a pekingese or shih tzu.

    Comment by george — September 15, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

  3. It is indeed silk from from Bombyx mori, the silk worm.
    Silk made by a silk moth
    I really like the reasoning behind guessing a dog though. We’re about to have a new item available for checkout here at the Naturalist Center that examines the human-dog relationship, the DVD Dogs Decoded. I think it’s a fascinating subject!
    We’ll have a new guess the specimen up next week, but while you’re waiting won’t you please tell us Who Pooped?

    Comment by nature — September 16, 2011 @ 9:40 am

  4. Wow, impressive guess Daniel.

    Comment by george — September 16, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

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