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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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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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