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Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Mourning Doves are familiar and peculiar

Coming from the family of Columbidae and the Order of Columbiformes, Mourning Doves are members of the dove family and are related to pigeons and the extinct “Dodo bird.” Mourning Doves can be seen almost everywhere throughout...

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Male field crickets are the singers

Out of 900 different species of crickets worldwide, there are a few that stand out more than others, and the field cricket is one of them. Coming from the family of Gryllidae and the order of Orthoptera,...

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Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Cicadas range in species, and their songs are for their own

Cicadas, pronounced “si-key-duh,” are true bugs that contain a “proboscis” or “snout-like” mouth meant for piercing and sucking. Cicadas come from the family of Cicadidae, from the order of Hemiptera, relative to aphids, shield bugs, plant-hoppers and...

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Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Fun facts about the red-winged blackbird

In Tooele County and more than half of the United States, the red-winged blackbird is quite noticeable. They can be seen throughout our county and if you look closely, the males’ scarlet red and yellow shoulders are...

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Thursday, May 16th, 2013

American robins have several unique qualities

Coming from the Order of Passeriformes, the American robin comprises almost half of the most commonly known birds we see today, including wrens, swallows, sparrows, finches and rooks. Its name originated from homesick English settlers who came...

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Pill bugs known by variety of different names, traits

The pill bug, which is also known by names like roly poly, potato bug, wood lice, armadillo bug, chiggy wig, sow bug, isopod or doodle bug, is not really an insect, but is actually more closely related...

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Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Although dangerous, black widows also provide pest control

In our environment, spiders play an important role in controlling our insect population. Did you know a single spider will devour around 2,000 insects each year? In our county, Tooele is home to many different species of...

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Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Earthworms: Not as boring, useless as they first seem

Earthworms are one of the most commonly known critters on earth and although they may seem simple and even perhaps boring, they are actually quite fascinating. For example, when earthworms surface when it rains, many think it’s...

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Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Adopting pets from shelter can improve community

In the United States, it is estimated that 3 to 6 million shelter cats and dogs are euthanized each year. These extreme numbers can be reduced by simple actions if followed by enough people. Spaying, neutering and...

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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Tooele has snakes, but most are not poisonous

In Utah, out of 31 different species of snakes, only seven are poisonous. These include the sidewinder (horned rattlesnake), speckled rattlesnake, Mojave rattlesnake, Great Basin (Western) rattlesnake, Hopi rattlesnake, Midget faded rattlesnake, and the green prairie rattlesnake....

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