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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 Help Your Corn Snake Shed

How to Help Your Corn Snake Shed

Corn snakes, like other reptiles need to periodically shed their skins as they grow larger. Although it is natural for snakes to shed, the process can be difficult. As such, it is important to help your corn snake shed by providing appropriate terrarium conditions. It is further important to reco......[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]
Types of Spiders Found in Michigan

Types of Spiders Found in Michigan

Michigan is a central state that borders four of the five Great Lakes and is split into the Upper and Lower Peninsula. Geography ranges from a heavily forested and mountainous Upper Peninsula to a more low-lying and agricultural Lower Peninsula. It's geography, combined with a continental.........[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]
What Eats the Chickweed Moth?

What Eats the Chickweed Moth?

The proper name for the chickweed moth is the Chickweed Geometer Moth. It belongs to the species Haematopis grataria. Common natural predators of the moths include bats, birds, spiders and insects.......[Read More]
Difference Between Wild Bees and Kept Bees

Difference Between Wild Bees and Kept Bees

Since the 1950s, farmers growing flowering crops have depended on domesticated honeybees to pollinate their plants. Unfortunately, many domesticated honeybee populations are collapsing. Without the services of the honeybees, many crops bear significantly less fruit. This impacts both farmers and the......[Read More]
How to Make a Cricket Colony Without a Heater

How to Make a Cricket Colony Without a Heater

Many popular pets, such as spiders and snakes, eat small insects, such as crickets. Many of these pets refuse to eat dead crickets, forcing you to purchase new crickets on a regular basis. If you want to avoid the cost and annoyance of visiting the pet store on a weekly basis, create your own cricke......[Read More]
How to Care for a White Lipped Python

How to Care for a White Lipped Python

The white lipped python, also known as the D'Alberts or D'Albertis python, is a non-venomous constrictor found in New Guinea and the surrounding islands. It has a black head with a brown-, gold- or rust- colored body and gets its name from the distinctive white coloring along its mouth. Adult snakes......[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]
How to Raise Cockroaches

How to Raise Cockroaches

Cockroaches, in particular the Dubia cockroach (Blaptica dubia), make an excellent live food for many species of reptiles, including popular pets such as bearded dragons. Buying roaches for your animals on a regular basis can become quite expensive. Raising cockroaches at home, however, provides you......[Read More]
Food Options for Tarantulas

Food Options for Tarantulas

Tarantulas are furry looking spiders commonly found on several continents, including North America. Although tarantulas may look a little creepy, they are actually not poisonous. Some people even choose to keep tarantulas as pets. If you have always wanted a pet spider, the tarantula may be a good c......[Read More]