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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Black-billed magpies exhibit particular behaviors

Possessing many different behavioral traits, the black-billed magpie is known for its particular habits, which can vary from bold, brave or even odd. For example, the black-billed magpie is omnivorous, and though they aren’t picky, they are...

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Katydids are capable of inflicting small, blood-worthy bites

Katydids, also known as “bush crickets” or “long-horned grasshoppers,” are insects that are most recognized for their leaf-like appearances and capabilities for camouflaging themselves amongst vegetation. Comprising more than 6,400 different species worldwide, katydids can vary in...

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Long-jawed orb weaving spider can flatten itself

Their long, thin bodies are for the purpose of camouflaging. They often use this tactic on thin plants, including flower stems, twigs, reeds, and blades of grass. From the “Tetragnathidae” family and known as “long-jawed” orb weavers,...

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Earwigs are more fascinating than they are frightening

In Europe, an old told tale references earwigs as an insect that would crawl into the ears of sleeping humans and cause insanity by burrowing into their brain. This is where the name “earwigs” first originated, and...

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Some ants protect aphids for nourishment

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Some ants protect aphids for nourishment

Similar to how a farmer cares for his animals, some ants, depending on the species, will gather to protect aphids so they may collect their excreted waste, known as “honeydew.” This substance is high in sugar and...

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Mother hummingbirds raise their young alone

When it comes to nesting and child rearing, it is the mother hummingbird that provides all the work as a single parent. Males on the other hand only put their efforts into attracting mates and copulation. They...

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Reproduction is not the only interesting fact about praying mantises

When it comes to praying mantises, the most familiar fact about this insect is of the female’s sexual cannibalistic behavior, and how a male can continue to copulate after being decapitated. Although these facts alone are interesting,...

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Valuation notice can be a bit confusing

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Valuation notice can be a bit confusing

Each of you, as property owners, should have received your property valuation notice in the mail a couple of weeks ago.  There have been a lot of questions regarding the notice, so let’s see if we can...

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Prionus californicus larvae are destructive to trees and vegetation

Because of the prionus californicus’s appearance as an adult, many immediately assume that the damaging results of this beetle would occur during its adulthood. However, the only harm an adult prionus californicus is capable of is inflicting...

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014

White-lined sphinx moths are often mistaken for hummingbirds

Because of their abilities to fly backwards, sideways, and hover, the white-lined sphinx moth is nicknamed a “hummingbird” moth, not only for its similar capabilities as the birds, but also for its size. These moths can range...

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