Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

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Thursday, May 5th, 2016

First Calif. quail introduced at Fort Douglas in 1869

Fort Douglas, originally known as Camp Douglas, was a small military post located three miles east of Salt Lake City. It was established in 1862 for the purpose of protecting the mail route and telegraph lines along...

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Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Long-jawed orb weaving spiders flatten, conceal themselves

Belonging to the family of “Tetragnathidae” known as long-jawed orb weavers, this species of spider is recognized for its slim abdomen, long legs, and depending on the species, their abnormally large mouthparts. Long-jawed orb weaving spiders are...

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Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Red-winged blackbirds use vocalization, plumage

Known for its aggressiveness and territorial behaviors, particularly the males, the red-winged blackbird is a loud and noticeable bird with various types of shrills and an attractive plumage. Its main colorations, black with a vibrant red and...

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Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Goldenrod crab spiders can shift their body colors

As spring approaches, there are small wild sunflowers (possibly one-headed sunflowers) that begin to flourish in the fields of Smelter Road, throughout Middle Canyon, and the hills of Settlement Canyon Reservoir. Be warned, however, that there is...

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Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Prionus californicus larvae are more destructive than adults

When you see the prionus californicus’ 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 inflicting...

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Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Tarantula wasps fight tarantulas

The tarantula wasp, also known as the tarantula hawk, is a two-inch wasp that is known for pursuing tarantulas in order to capture and provide food for their larvae. They are durably strong and are recognized by...

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Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Praying mantises can be ballistic hunters

The praying mantis is a weaponized insect that uses its capabilities for defense, hunting, and even mating. Although praying mantises will avoid confrontation by concealing themselves within their habitat, they will resort to making themselves look bigger...

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Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Mule deer use numerous defense mechanism

Due to decreased temperatures and the great snowfalls occurring in Tooele, many mule deer have been seen moving from the mountains to the lower elevations for better feeding opportunities in the outskirts of the county. Mule deer...

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Crane flies resemble giant mosquitoes, but are harmless

Possessing an average wingspan of approximately 2.5 inches with a varying body length of one to two inches, the crane fly is a large but fragile insect, having easily detachable legs and short lifespans as adults. Crane...

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Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Painted-lady butterflies reproduce throughout entire migration

The Vanessa cardui butterfly is a species commonly referred to as the painted-lady. They are a familiar sight to yards, meadows, swamps, forests, deserts, roadsides, dunes, and other various places that possess their favored nectar and host...

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