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Bat Business

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

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

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

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

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 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

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...

The Mighty Oak

The Mighty Oak

Found in all temperate parts of the world, the oak tree has a history with humankind. Many old oaks, especially in the Old World, grew to impressive size, well-deserving of the term mighty.  It was revered in the ancient British Isles as a sacred tree and was...

Javelina Haunts

Javelina Haunts

As fall segues into winter, we who are fortunate enough to live in the Central Highlands of Arizona will begin to see more of some of our iconic animal neighbors.  This can be positive, negative, or both, depending on our perspective.  If we have chosen to live here,...

Getting to Know Gophers

Getting to Know Gophers

Nobody likes gophers, right?  We do everything we can to get rid of them, even KILL (gasp!).  But wait a minute.  Every plant and animal has its proper place and its proper purpose, so maybe we need to learn the proper place and purpose of the gopher.  Not sure what a...

The Yucca and the Moth

The Yucca and the Moth

This is the story of an unusual relationship between two very different types of organisms.  In the natural world this is called symbiosis or mutualism.  It is a relationship that benefits both species, but harms neither.  This kind of relationship actually can be...

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