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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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Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Owl pellets may contain skulls of rodents, birds and other devoured prey

Owls, as well as other bird species, are known to occasionally or habitually regurgitate parts of undigested foods, which are called pellets. Pellets are known to contain various fragments, including bones, fur, feathers, bird bills, skulls, claws,...

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Antlion larvae use ditch-like sand traps to capture prey

Antlions, also known as “doodlebugs,” are known mainly for their odd and clever way of hunting ants and small arthropods during their larvae stage. In fact, antlions were given the nickname “doodlebugs” because when they seek a...

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Odd horny toads possess a variety of defense tactics

The horny toad, also known as “horned toad” or “horned lizard,” are physically peculiar reptiles that are known to use one or several different defense tactics in an attempt to escape predators. Because of the horny toad’s...

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