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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 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]
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]
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]
Spiders That Make Funnel Webs in Washington

Spiders That Make Funnel Webs in Washington

Funnel web spiders or funnel weavers make webs in the shape of a funnel. Several types of funnel web spiders are found in the Pacific Northwestern state of Washington and in Canada. The relatively harmless funnel web spiders in Washington bite only when threatened, unlike the poisonous funnel web sp......[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 Identify Insects & Bugs in California

How to Identify Insects & Bugs in California

Many visitors come to the state of California to enjoy its wonderful climate, but in reality, the state has many climates. The topography of the state is varied and produces differences in temperature, humidity and rainfall. This leads to a variety of insect life that populates the state. California......[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]
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]
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]
How to Catch an Escaped Ball Python

How to Catch an Escaped Ball Python

Native to west and central Africa, ball pythons make popular pets for snake enthusiasts. However, these compact and powerful reptiles can easily slither their way out of their enclosures if the lids aren't properly secured. Retrieving an escaped ball python requires thinking like a snake, not to men......[Read More]