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Monarch Migrants

Posted: Friday, December 15th, 2006 @ 5:42 am in Bugs | Comments Off on Monarch Migrants

Just how far can a butterfly fly – assuming it has the urge? Down the block? Across town? All the way to the county line? Much, much farther if you happen to be a monarch – up to 3,000 miles. Like Snowbirds, they fly south, hundreds of millions of wings filling the air. We’ve watched […]

Ants and Birds

Posted: Monday, November 20th, 2006 @ 9:28 am in Bugs | Comments Off on Ants and Birds

Don’t even try to imagine lying down on an ant hill. If you think ants should be avoided, it’s a good thing you’re not a bird. Many species of birds occasionally seek out ants for what may be a beneficial procedure — it is called “anting.” They will plop down on an ant hill and […]

Spiders – On Gossamer Wings

Posted: Sunday, October 15th, 2006 @ 4:28 pm in Bugs | Comments Off on Spiders – On Gossamer Wings

October is a month when the world is full of young spiders leaving home. Wisps of silken thread fill the air. Sunlight glints off gossamer parachutes following the whims of the wind. Young spiders break their ties with home by flying away on wings they build themselves. Most of the 3,000 kinds of spiders in […]

Mosquito Misery

Posted: Thursday, June 1st, 2006 @ 3:31 pm in Bugs | Comments Off on Mosquito Misery

A ranger at the entrance to Everglades National Park announced to us that he had both good and bad news to report. The bad news – about 40 species of mosquitoes live in the park. The good news – members of at least seven of these species don’t bite. It could be worse. Worldwide some […]

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