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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

For European starlings, fast evolvement doesn’t mean bad parenting

In the late 1800’s, 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. The European starling,...

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Most crane flies don’t live long enough to eat their first meal as adult insects

Physically resembling mosquitos, the crane fly, also nicknamed “daddy-long legs,” grows up to two and a half inches, with a 3-inch wingspan. Although these insects are often mistaken for oversized mosquitos, crane flies are incapable of inflicting...

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Interesting courtship behaviors of Tooele County’s creatures

A performed behavior of many species of creatures known as courtship display, is a technique used for seducing or attracting a receptive mate from one’s own species. Using different rituals or enticing attempts, they can vary from singing,...

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Mules and Donkeys economically provided for man over 5,000 years

Mules and donkeys have been a major economical laborer for man since the ancient of times. They both are known for their useful intentions for man’s work. Most of their deeds include transportation of goods, livestock guardianship,...

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Goldenrod crab spiders camouflage on flowers to eat

Originally named after the sea creature it physically resembles, the goldenrod crab spider also derives its name from a flower it uses for hunting. This spider is known for hiding on the stamen of flowers, possessing remarkable...

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Some caterpillars have specific defense methods

During a Lepidoptera’s second metamorphic stage as a caterpillar, known as “larva”, moths and butterflies are given the bad reputation for the disastrous devouring of particular herbs, crops, vegetation, and plants. Although they are usually admired as...

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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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