• Speleothems in Miller's Chapel.

    Oregon Caves

    National Monument Oregon

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  • Road Work, Expect Delays

    ODOT will be preparing highway 46 for asphalt patching. Please use caution when traveling between the monument and Grayback Campground. Various work will be from continue until July 31, 2014.

  • Watch for Wildlife

    Please be on the lookout for fawns on the section of Caves Highway around Caves Campground! There is at least one very young one that is using the pavement as his transportation corridor.

Insects

If someone asks, "Do you have a bug?" are they asking about:
  • Your sneezing coughing cold
  • The error in your computer program
  • A crazy obsession, like for a sports team or a pop star
  • A secret listening device installed for spying
  • An itchy or restless feeling
  • The hint you put in someone's ear to give them ideas
  • Or the little insect in your hand?

Names matter. People can describe a lot of different things with the slang word "bugs" but this leads to confusion about who and what they really mean.

So many insects are colorful and harmless and beneficial to humans! They are like strange but gentle aliens who visit our world daily, and there is much to learn from them. Let's sort it out and learn how these cool creatures help to hold our world together.
 
child and ladybug
 
Most of the small life you find creeping, crawling, swimming, jumping or flying is likely to be an invertebrate (animals that have no backbone). But just because they are spineless doesn't mean they are cowards. These creatures are brave and mighty compared to much larger organisms. 97 percent of all animal life on Earth are invertebrates!
 
walkingstick and hand
 
There are different Invertebrate groups; crustaceans (like crabs and shrimp), insects (for example dragonflies and beetles), arachnids (like spiders or scorpions), worms and annelids.

"Bug" is only correct for 1 order of insects, the Hemiptera, or true bugs. This order has mouthparts built for piercing and sucking liquid food and includes aphids, cicadas, stinkbugs. Lightning bugs and Ladybugs are not true bugs (Hemiptera). Both are actually beetles, insects that have a hard wing case protecting the hind wings and tummy.

Did You Know?

a volunteer takes measures of the faults inside of Oregon Caves

One of the largest cave restoration projects in the nation occurred at Oregon Caves during the 1980s and 1990s. Furthermore, most of the work was done by volunteers! Volunteers still make an important contribution to the park. Learn more about current volunteer opportunities at Oregon Caves. More...