Welcome to Stories, a place to explore—and be inspired by—the wonder of our natural and cultural worlds.

The Birds and the Bees of Ladybug STDs
Mulitcolored Asian ladybug, Harmonia axyridis, collected from the roof of Angel City Brewery in Downtown LA. Ladybug date night?
Trapped in Amber
New amber in the entomology collections record past animals’ behavior.
Red Fox Sighted in San Pedro: From Fox Farms to Coyote Food
On a recent visit to San Pedro, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s Kimball Garrett crossed paths with a non-native red fox (Vulpes vulpes) near the 22nd Street Landing.
Bird's Nest Fungi, Exploding Eggs, and Mushroom Soup
Yay! Today I documented the first bird's nest fungus, Cyathus sp., in the North Campus
Our Rich Digs
More than a decade of rich digs at Project 23
Backyard Bobcats of L.A.
“Miguel, I found a dead bobcat!” It was 8:30 in the morning when I received a call from my friend Jessie Jennewein.
Lizard Love Bites
Have you recently seen lizards in L.A. that appear to be biting each other, or maybe they are trying to eat each other?
California Holly: How Hollywood Didn't Get its Name
In Nancy Dale’s 1986 epic tome of Southern California native plants, Flowering Plants, she has this to say about Toyon — aka California Holly, Christmas Berry, or, if you’re a botanist, Heteromeles arbutifolia: