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Alternative Beekeeping Methods

Alternative Beekeeping Methods

While there are classic beekeeping methods which have been used for many centuries throughout the world, a new form of beekeeping called the top bar hive has been popularized over the last century in Kenya, Africa, and is being recognized more and more in the United States. This method is being foun......[Read More]
Wolf Spiders in Colorado

Wolf Spiders in Colorado

The wolf spider is a common spider found in the state of Colorado. Though they are not aggressive, they can bite humans if they are startled or handled in any way. Wolf spiders are typically seen in Colorado during the late summer or early fall months, when they are seeking food or a warm shelter to......[Read More]
Bee Safety - 7 Tips to Avoid Getting Stung When Beekeeping

Bee Safety - 7 Tips to Avoid Getting Stung When Beekeeping

Bee safety is an important issue for beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike. Beekeeping has several safety issues, but the biggest concern, particularly for beginner beekeepers, is of course bee stings. As a beekeeper, you can never totally avoid stings, but here are a few basic bee safety tips to help......[Read More]
Getting the Most From Your Beekeeping Guide

Getting the Most From Your Beekeeping Guide

For most beekeepers, the primary reason they keep bees is to collect their honey - either for their own use or to sell for a profit. Just because you are passionate about beekeeping, doesn't mean that you should go into this business without knowing a few essential things about working with bee......[Read More]
How to Identify a Black Scarab Shaped Beetle

How to Identify a Black Scarab Shaped Beetle

Although most beetles are harmless to people, they do feed on plants and can damage both flower and vegetable gardens, along with any fruit trees in the area. If you find beetles, identify them so you can determine whether you need to get rid of them.......[Read More]
Life Cycle of a Ladybug

Life Cycle of a Ladybug

Ladybugs, also known as lady beetles, are carnivorous insects that feed mainly on aphids. They hibernate during the winter season and come out of their winter sleep during springtime to lay eggs and start a new generation.......[Read More]
How to Find a Bee Nest

How to Find a Bee Nest

Beekeepers sometimes get honey bees for their hives by capturing feral colonies that they locate in the wild. In the past, beekeepers used a device called a bee box. They would gather bees from the area then use the box to release them, one at a time, and follow them as far as they could until they ......[Read More]
How to Care for a Royal Python

How to Care for a Royal Python

Royal pythons, or Python regius, is also referred to as the ball python due to its propensity to curl into a ball when scared. As with exotic pets, caring for a royal python calls for specialized knowledge. The primary issues include housing, humidity and temperature levels, food and water supply, a......[Read More]
Wolf Spiders Diet

Wolf Spiders Diet

Wolf spiders belong to the Lycosidae family. Wolf spiders live on the ground and like to hide, so they are often difficult to find and tough to catch. Wolf spiders vary in size, from a half an inch to nearly two inches, are usually brown or gray in color, which helps to camouflage them from predator......[Read More]
How to Manage Butterflies in the Stomach

How to Manage Butterflies in the Stomach

Having the feeling of butterflies in your stomach is actually a result of your stomach's sensitive nerves during an anxious or stressful situation. It may not be possible to avoid completely, especially when something unexpected comes up to cause the butterflies, but there are several ways to manage......[Read More]
About the Beetle Bug

About the Beetle Bug

The largest order of insects, coleoptera, is comprised of beetles: over 350,000 species are found in the order. The insect members of coleoptera make up approximately 40 percent of all known insect species. All beetles fall into one of four family classifications: adephaga, archostemata, myxophaga a......[Read More]
Female Spruce Beetle

Female Spruce Beetle

Spruce beetles are common pests of spruce trees and a major cause of death among spruce trees growing in many areas of the United States. Outbreaks of spruce beetles can escalate rapidly, causing damage to spruce trees of epidemic proportions in a short period of time. Female spruce beetles lay thei......[Read More]
Snake Identification in Wisconsin

Snake Identification in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to 20 snake species, some of which are easy to recognize at a glance, while others could be mistaken for another species. In a state with two venomous species, identification can be highly important for avoidance. Non-venomous snakes sometimes bite when threatened, so knowing if th......[Read More]
How to Identify Poisionous Spiders

How to Identify Poisionous Spiders

All spiders are venomous. They use their venom to defend themselves by injecting it into their prey. The venom liquefies the prey internally so that the spider can drink it. Most spiders' venom has no effect on humans, but there are some notable exceptions. The biggest threats are posed by the black......[Read More]
How to Make a Model of a Praying Mantis

How to Make a Model of a Praying Mantis

The praying mantis is a formidable insect that is frightening to look at and interesting to watch. A great visual aide while trying to teach about the three sections of an insect (the head, thorax and abdomen) is a large-sized papier mache model of a praying mantis. Papier mache is the easiest way t......[Read More]
Do Sunflowers Increase House Flies?

Do Sunflowers Increase House Flies?

A summer staple, the sunflower is a cheery addition to any garden. If you're growing sunflowers for seeds, you might be worried about house flies. These ubiquitous pests seem to get into everything; but, fortunately, sunflowers aren't on their menu. But there are some other types of flies whose magg......[Read More]
How to Identify Lady Bugs

How to Identify Lady Bugs

Lady bugs are technically known as lady birds. There are several different species of lady bugs, but their basic scientific name is Coccinella septempunctata. Lady bugs can live in colonies or live solo depending on the species. They eat a wide variety of vegetation and smaller insects such as aphid......[Read More]
Non-Violent Beekeeping for the Natural Beekeeper

Non-Violent Beekeeping for the Natural Beekeeper

A good deal of so-called 'modern' beekeeping - in fact, virtually unchanged since the mid-19th century - is unsustainable from our point of view, as well as being a nuisance to bees. In terms of honey yield, it is clearly an improvement on logs and skeps, but in terms of bee health and ene......[Read More]
North Carolina Spider Information

North Carolina Spider Information

North Carolina is a state filled with wildlife. In the mountains, you can find bears roaming free and along the coast, birds and fish convene in harmony. One constant across the state though are its spiders.......[Read More]