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Ground Beetles are Beneficial in Your Garden

A few months ago, my daughter was gifted The Bug Book, by Sue Fliess. It highlights many insects and has wonderful, very detailed pictures, with few words, which makes my bug-loving 4-year-old quite happy. It quickly became one of our…

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Let Spiders Help in Your Vegetable Garden

A few years ago during the early spring, my brother, mother, and I noticed several quarter-sized, brownish-colored egg cases in our high tunnel. Our research taught us they were gifts from black and yellow garden spiders, Argiope aurantia. These spiders…

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Please Pass the Cranberry Sauce and Give Thanks for Pollination

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones and usually involves first preparing and then ingesting a lot of delicious goodies. Each family has recipes and traditions related to Thanksgiving, and even foreigners (like myself) may join in and…

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Where Are All The Pollinators?

Even though I love the heat of summer, I have to admit that fall makes me happy in a different way. I like the trees that turn into beautiful colors, the crisp air, quiet nights, and the days that slowly…

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Like Figs? Thank a Wasp!

Last month I wrote about wasps as generalist pollinators (The Buzz on Pollination is Not All About Bees: Wasps Are Pollinators Too!). Today, let’s look at a very specialized type of wasp and its role in pollinating fruit. Do you…

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The Buzz on Pollination Is Not All About Bees: Wasps Are Pollinators Too!

Last time we talked about pollinators (see Is This a Pollinator? Five Types of Pollinating Insects You Can Find in Maryland), we received some questions about wasps. Do they also pollinate? If they do, what do they pollinate? So, let’s…

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Is This a Pollinator? Five Types of Pollinating Insects You Can Find in Maryland

Gardeners, naturalists, researchers, conservationists, politicians — everybody talks about pollinators these days. It seems that pollinators need our help and we need to help them help us. However, it is really hard to protect something that we don’t fully know….

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