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Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Male American goldfinches sing and show off for 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, June 16th, 2016

Backswimmers make tricky prey and vicious hunters

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

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Ten-lined June beetles are incapable of biting

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, May 19th, 2016

A bald-faced hornet queen can create colony of 700 hornets

Coming from the family of Vespidae and the order of Hymenoptera, relating to ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies, bald-faced hornets are known for their exceedingly large nests. They are built to rear a colony of numerous offspring...

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Thursday, May 5th, 2016

First Calif. quail introduced at Fort Douglas in 1869

Fort Douglas, originally known as Camp Douglas, was a small military post located three miles east of Salt Lake City. It was established in 1862 for the purpose of protecting the mail route and telegraph lines along...

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Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Long-jawed orb weaving spiders flatten, conceal themselves

Belonging to the family of “Tetragnathidae” known as long-jawed orb weavers, this species of spider is recognized for its slim abdomen, long legs, and depending on the species, their abnormally large mouthparts. Long-jawed orb weaving spiders are...

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Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Red-winged blackbirds use vocalization, plumage

Known for its aggressiveness and territorial behaviors, particularly the males, the red-winged blackbird is a loud and noticeable bird with various types of shrills and an attractive plumage. Its main colorations, black with a vibrant red and...

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Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Goldenrod crab spiders can shift their body colors

As spring approaches, there are small wild sunflowers (possibly one-headed sunflowers) that begin to flourish in the fields of Smelter Road, throughout Middle Canyon, and the hills of Settlement Canyon Reservoir. Be warned, however, that there is...

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Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Prionus californicus larvae are more destructive than adults

When you see the prionus californicus’ 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 inflicting...

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Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Tarantula wasps fight tarantulas

The tarantula wasp, also known as the tarantula hawk, is a two-inch wasp that is known for pursuing tarantulas in order to capture and provide food for their larvae. They are durably strong and are recognized by...

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