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  • Here are some outdoor gardening tips to grow your best garden
    Here are some outdoor gardening tips to grow your best garden
    Gardening is a science and art that preppers would do well to cultivate. This article discusses some ways that preppers can accomplish that.There are reasons why preppers should consider an investment in additional soil for their gardens. The soil...
  • Lyme disease, ticks of summer
    Lyme disease, ticks of summer
    Well the government health agencies are finally pulling their collective heads out of the sand and admitting that Lyme disease is real and a growing concern in North America. For a long time there was a denial that the disease even existed, then...
  • Know your local wildlife:  Ten Common Caterpillars
    Know your local wildlife: Ten Common Caterpillars
    With summer foliage at its peak and first frost date still seven weeks away, there are plenty of caterpillars to be found munching away at green leaves all over southwest Virginia.This list will give pictures and information on ten caterpillars...
  • California Bug Club Summer 2013 Meeting
    Prepare to 'Bug Out' at California Bug Club's next meeting
    On Saturday, August 10th, 2013, the California Bug Club (CBC) plans to hold it’s summer meeting at the Elk Grove Public Library located at 8900 Elk Grove Boulevard, starting at 7:00 pm. The theme of the meeting, ‘Bugging Out with...
  • Bees antenna sense many different things.
    Honeybees use antennas for different reasons
    Research has shown that bees use their two antennas for different reasons. Until recently, that is all scientists knew, but modern research is starting to show the different uses of each antenna. It has been proven that the right antenna of a...
  • The Bombardier Beetle with its marvelously complex and higly effective defense mechanism
    The Bombardier Beetle with its complex and highly effective defense mechanism
    The Bombardier Beetle is named for its unusual defense mechanism. They emit from their anal glands toxic liquid that instantly vaporizes into puffs, making a protective screen that can stain people's skin.The Bombardier Beetle is about 1/4 to...
  • Chihuahua Time
    Dog time: Yellowjacket wasp alert (Video)
    Yellow jacket wasps are highly active this year. The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District reports an increase in calls about yellowjacket problems. People and pets are at risk from the aggressive wasps. If you or your pet have wasp...
  • Bug counters
    Bug counters
    Trillions of insects killed by cars every year, says studyDutch researcher and biologist Arnold Van Vliet wanted to know whether the insect, or bug, population of the earth was decreasing. For his specific bug census, he recruited ordinary...
  • Habitat
    Urban conservancy in Ballston neighborhood
    The Nature Conservancy is an organization with headquarters in Ballston Virginia near the U.S. Department of Fish and Game headquarters. Sandwiched between their colossal complex above the Metro and condos is wildflower garden. While it appears...
  • cockroache
    For those who do not like cockroaches, avoid travel to certain countries.
    There is always an insect that bothers us more than others, and that makes us look crazy when we see it. The cockroach, being an animal that has existed for thousands of years and that seems to survive the various types of situation can become a...
  • Vernal pools:microcosm of life
    Vernal pools:microcosm of life (video)
    In Connecticut, vernal pools may easily go unnoticed when on a hike. Vernal pools are small and often disappear during the summer months. Yet, for those who have the awareness to observe the wildlife associated with them, vernal pools provide a...
  • Pierre Balmain: Beaded Insect Dress
    Pierre Balmain: Beaded Insect Dress
    The 'Beaded Insect Dress' by Pierre Balmain is truly a work of art, enhancing a woman's natural beauty. The dress is made of a Polyamide tulle, lavishly beaded around the bust area& waist,with a beaded scalloped hem that hits at...
  • Firefly
    Fireflies return in February! (VIDEO)
    This February be on the lookout for Fireflies emerging from hibernation. They are one of the first insects that become active during late winter, a reminder that spring is right around the corner!During late winter and early spring, fireflies...
  • Electronic contact lens
    WiFi Eyes and Insects
    Today we found out about two interesting developments in WiFi and bionics. One involves the eye - or an "electronic contact lens" - the second regards a bionic insect/s. What was most interesting to us is that these things might be...
  • Halictid Bee
    Halictid Bee: important pollinator (VIDEO)
    Today we examine a common bee found throughout the United States, but one that is often overlooked.The halictid bee is a frequent visitor to backyard flower gardens. There are some 500 unique species in North America, but many are easy to identify...