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Critter Chatter

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Water striders hunt by sensing ripples

With an appetite for vulnerable insects crossing aquatic surfaces, the water strider, also known as “Gerridae,” inhabits calm-watered terrains where it prowls for submerging prey in ponds, lakes and marshes. Because of the water strider’s lean-lengthened structure...

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Ladybugs protect plants from damaging aphids

Available throughout the world and having more than 5,000 different species, “ladybug,” also referred to as “lady beetle,” “ladybird beetle,” or “cow bug,” pertain to the order of Coleoptera and is scientifically known as “sheath winged.” Ladybugs...

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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Western meadowlark nests clash with lawnmowers

Popularly known for their flute-like songs sung while in their preferred habitats, the western meadowlark is a very common bird that dwells across approximately two-thirds of the United States. In fact, because Tooele County provides expansive open...

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Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Starlings shine even outside their flocks

In the late 1800s, Eugene Schieffelin, an admirer of Shakespeare and the head of the American Acclimatization Society organization, wanted to introduce all the kinds of birds mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays to North America. In 1890-91, he...

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Emerald ash borer is one of the most destructive insects in US

Beetles of the family of Buprestidae are known for their luminous and glossy appearances and therefore called jewel beetles or metallic wood-boring beetles. Belonging to this family, the emerald ash borer can look deceivingly innocent for its...

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Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Bald-faced hornet nests can colonize up to 700 hornets

Resembling grey-shaped pears with a single entry near the bottom, this photographed bald-faced hornet’s nest is abandoned, but was occupied by a large colony over the summer. In fact, bald-faced hornet colonies can reach 400 to 700...

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Male peacock feathers meant to attract, females meant to conceal

Domestically kept by humans for thousands of years, peafowl (commonly known as peacocks), are still to this day adorned for their vivid feathers and particular behaviors. Also considered one of the easiest birds to raise, there are...

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Skunks have other advantages besides emitting a bad odor

Like venomous snakes with a limited supply of venom, skunks have the same ordeal with their odorous spray. They too must use sparingly otherwise their main defense mechanism can fatally cost them their life if unavailable. Skunks...

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Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Crows can eat anything, ravens can say anything

These two birds are often mistaken for each other and sometimes just known as the same bird. Crows’ and ravens’ behaviors and appearances are very similar, but can be distinguished with a few known facts. Both descending...

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Budgerigars, also known as budgies, make for fun pets

It’s difficult to believe that one of the most beloved pet birds of the world could be given such a name. There is somewhat of a debate of the origin of the name, but the budgerigar, also...

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