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Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Swallowtail butterfly is one of a kind

Although eight different species of swallowtail butterflies are found in Utah, the two-tailed swallowtail butterfly is the only species of its kind that roams Tooele County. Its Order (Lepidoptera) and its Family (Papilionidae) not only belong to...

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Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Rattlesnakes use heatsensing pits to find prey

Rattlesnakes, also known as “pit vipers,” come from the family of Viperidae, which means “Old World Vipers.” Squamata is their order, which means “body covered with large horny scales.” Rattlesnakes are called pit vipers because of the...

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Fishing spiders use unique hunting methods in water

Fishing spiders are one of the largest living spiders in the United States, with legs that can grow the length of 3 inches. This makes them very strong and fast when hunting. Not only do their extremely...

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Baby mice: How to feed them

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Baby mice: How to feed them

Baby mice, also called pups, kittens or pinkies, are very fragile when they are born, and take up a lot of work for not only mother mice, but for people who are trying to foster them. For...

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Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Boxelder bugs a nuisance, not a threat

Boxelder bugs are known by many names: maple bugs, zugs and garage beetles. They come from the Order of Hemiptera, which means true bugs. Many people believe boxelder bugs are a threat to plants, trees and houses,...

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Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Seagulls well-known for snatching food

Gulls were nicknamed seagulls because when they were first seen by people, they were always seen near oceans. But unlike its commonly known name, seagulls can be found far away from coasts. Because they are such wellknown...

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Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Jumping spiders eat unique diet of nectar, insects

Unlike most successful hunting spiders, jumping spiders do not build webs, but are equipped with superior eyesight and strong legs that are meant for hunting. These spiders come from the Family of “Salticidae,” which is one of...

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