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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Blister beetles are hazardous whether alive or dead

Intended for the use of defending themselves against predators, the blister beetle was given its name for the hazardous chemical possessed in its body. The chemical is called cantharidin and is known for its capability of blistering...

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Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Survival and hunting capabilities enable backswimmers in several ways

Generally found in still bodies of fresh water, the backswimmer is an aquatic insect that is commonly found thriving among marshes, ponds, lakes, and sometimes swimming pools. Backswimmers were given their names for the habit of swimming...

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Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Great horned owl able to hunt several animals

Because of its fierce hunting skills and unnerved pursuit against a wide variety of prey, the great horned owl was given the nickname “tiger owl” and other similar nicknames because of its appetite for large prey. Hunting...

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Ten-lined June beetles are harmless as adults

Living in the western United States and Canada, the ten-lined June beetle is a species of the scarab beetle that is identified by its large size, the white stripes on its backside, and the small brown hairs...

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Thursday, July 9th, 2015

White-lined sphinx moths often mistaken for hummingbirds

The white-lined sphinx moth, also referred to as the hummingbird moth, is tremendous in size and often is mistaken for a hummingbird due to their habitual flight and feeding similarities. Like a hummingbird, the white-lined sphinx moth...

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Green lacewings are peaceful as adults, but bloodthirsty as larvae

Adult green lacewings are habitually and physically unintimidating, for they are fragile, soft-bodied insects that primarily feed on honeydew, pollen and flower nectar. They also inhabit areas where they can camouflage themselves so they can keep away...

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Male American goldfinches sing and chase after evading females

American goldfinches are most commonly found in open-country areas seeking food. Their diets consist mainly of seeds which are sought commonly from plants such as alder, thistle, dandelion, mullein, sunflowers, teasel and ragweed. Although the American goldfinch...

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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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