Dragonfly & Damselfly

It is not a dragon, although it can be fearsome-looking.  It is not a fly, although it is capable of aerial locomotion.  As you have probably guessed, this month’s interesting insect is the dragonfly.  Dragonflies and damsel flies (also called darning needles) belong...

Praying Mantis

This month’s interesting insect is the praying (or preying) mantis.  It looks like a creature from another planet.  Imagine if it was our size instead of just two inches long, or less.  Mantids are a fairly small order of insects, having only 2,300 species worldwide,...

Wasps

Not many people likes wasps, do they? They are often seen as mean, nasty creatures that will sting a person without even a bit of provocation. And their sting really smarts! And swells up, and turns red, and hurts for days! So why on earth do we have wasps around?...

Interesting Insects

Insects are the most numerous organisms on the planet.  They can be found in virtually every ecosystem in the world, with the possible exceptions of the polar regions, and the deepest, airless parts of lakes and oceans.  They have evolved to live in whatever habitat...

The Promise of Spring

The recent snows of February brought much-needed moisture.  Spring is still over a month away, but if you look closely you will see signs here and there that life is ready to bloom.  The winds are still cold and we may yet have more snow, but a few bits of green can...

The Eagle’s Edge

Raptors are the apex predators of the avian community.  Bird nobility, if you will, eclipsing their smaller cousins (and sometimes eating them).  Most raptors are much larger than the average bird and create a thrilling spectacle when we are fortunate enough to...