More Bat Business

Are bats in danger?   The answer is most definitely yes!  And it is mostly our fault.  Considering the many beneficial effects that bats have on our lives, we are not repaying them very well.  Worldwide, bats are threatened or endangered by the stresses related to...

Bat Business

Bats are one of the most important animals to share our space on this planet.   They are also some of the most misunderstood.  Throughout recorded history bats have been associated with evil, witchcraft, and generally scary things—the legend of Dracula, Halloween, and...

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...