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Posted: Thursday, June 11th, 2015 @ 8:30 pm in Bugs | Comments Off on Butterflowers

A young couple camping for the first time since the birth of their child were playing that game common to all parents, asking their toddler, “What’s this?” in an effort to expand her world along with her vocabulary. One afternoon we overheard them going through the routine. “Sarah, what’s this?” “A robin.” “What’s this?” “A […]

Insect Architecture

Posted: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 @ 6:41 pm in Bugs | Comments Off on Insect Architecture

Think small. We’ve observed many insect architects lately and have been astounded by their diligence. Many of them slave away in campgrounds and in parking lots, oblivious to lazy humans who idle in the shade while they watch others work. Most insect architects belong to the order Hymenoptera (which includes bees, ants, and wasps), but there […]

Hairy, Scary Spiders

Posted: Sunday, October 21st, 2007 @ 11:00 am in Bugs | Comments Off on Hairy, Scary Spiders

Kaye still remembers the first time she saw a live tarantula. She was glancing out the front window of our California home when an enormous, hairy spider crawled past the front of the house. It was huge. Conditioned by adventure movies to believe that tarantulas are both deadly and intent upon attacking innocent people, Kaye […]

Insect Self-Defense

Posted: Friday, July 20th, 2007 @ 1:27 pm in Bugs | Comments Off on Insect Self-Defense

Just about everybody likes to eat insects – mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, spiders, other insects, and even some humans. Over in Great Britain, a scientist with time on his hands calculated that the country’s spiders consume enough insects each year to total the combined weight of the entire human population. And that’s just the spiders. […]

Bugs for Sale

Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2007 @ 9:44 am in Bugs | Comments Off on Bugs for Sale

A rose by any other name looks better without aphids. And eating aphids is the specialty of the ladybird beetle, affectionately known as the ladybug. The ladybug earned its nickname by devouring pests that have been tormenting man ever since the Garden of Eden. Back in the Middle Ages (and before the Age of Insecticides), […]

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