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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Attracting swallowtails into our yards

Swallowtails are butterflies that belong to the family of Papilionidae, which contains up to 525 different species worldwide. They are formally known as papilio butterflies, but are nicknamed swallowtails due to their common forked-shaped hind wings, which...

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Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Spider wasps hunt and paralyze spiders

Named particularly after their most pursued prey, the spider wasp is of the family of wasps consisting of Pompilidae and is known for the female’s common habit of hunting spiders in order to provide hosts for their...

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Useful in past wars, carrier pigeons were an excellent communication resource

Known as a successful tactic for communication, carrier pigeons, also known as domesticated rock pigeons, were used in various wars due to their reliable transportation of objects in short periods of time and vast distances. As a...

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015

There’s more to a monarch’s wing color, migration and mating cycle than assumed

Mostly known for its fascinating migration, the monarch is one of the most recognized species of butterfly in North America, and is most familiarized for its wing colorations and patterns. With an approximate wingspan of 3 1/2...

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Male red-winged blackbirds show excessive dominance over their territories

Being native to North America, the male red-winged blackbird is most recognized for its boastful singing and vibrant red patches located on the shoulders of its wings. Year round, the red-winged blackbird can be found in Utah...

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Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Cicada’s song is capable of causing permanent hearing loss to humans

The cicada name is derived from the Latin word meaning “tree cricket” and is most commonly known for its excessively loud song, which is intended for calling mates or confusing predators. Cicadas, depending on the species, can...

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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The physical and behavioral differences between damselflies and dragonflies

Both belonging to the order of Odonata, damselflies and dragonflies possess many similarities, including appearance, choices of habitat and some behaviors. Although, despite what they have in common, they are of two separate subfamilies that are often...

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Animals can suffer harm from litter left behind

Many know that littering can destroy the beauty of nature and that you can be fined if you get caught doing so. Yet in many places, this awareness does not stop the constant build of trash found...

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Blue mud daubers help society by hunting black widows

Having many intimidating features, the blue mud dauber is a fearful-looking insect that physically resembles an excessively large black wasp. Identified to be strong hunters with black and metallic blue-tint body colors, the blue mud dauber is...

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Mother wolf spiders attentively care for their hatchlings

Wolf spiders, known for their providence and motherly care, are a highly protective species and do all they can to keep their hatchlings safe for as long as possible. Impregnated wolf spiders will wrap their eggs in...

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