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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Earwigs are more fascinating than they are frightening

In Europe, an old told tale references earwigs as an insect that would crawl into the ears of sleeping humans and cause insanity by burrowing into their brain. This is where the name “earwigs” first originated, and...

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Some ants protect aphids for nourishment

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Some ants protect aphids for nourishment

Similar to how a farmer cares for his animals, some ants, depending on the species, will gather to protect aphids so they may collect their excreted waste, known as “honeydew.” This substance is high in sugar and...

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Mother hummingbirds raise their young alone

When it comes to nesting and child rearing, it is the mother hummingbird that provides all the work as a single parent. Males on the other hand only put their efforts into attracting mates and copulation. They...

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Reproduction is not the only interesting fact about praying mantises

When it comes to praying mantises, the most familiar fact about this insect is of the female’s sexual cannibalistic behavior, and how a male can continue to copulate after being decapitated. Although these facts alone are interesting,...

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Valuation notice can be a bit confusing

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Valuation notice can be a bit confusing

Each of you, as property owners, should have received your property valuation notice in the mail a couple of weeks ago.  There have been a lot of questions regarding the notice, so let’s see if we can...

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Prionus californicus larvae are destructive to trees and vegetation

Because of the prionus californicus’s appearance as an adult, many immediately assume that the damaging results of this beetle would occur during its adulthood. However, the only harm an adult prionus californicus is capable of is inflicting...

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014

White-lined sphinx moths are often mistaken for hummingbirds

Because of their abilities to fly backwards, sideways, and hover, the white-lined sphinx moth is nicknamed a “hummingbird” moth, not only for its similar capabilities as the birds, but also for its size. These moths can range...

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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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