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Dragonflies bring beauty on the wing

Dragonflies are amazing insects. Their aerial acrobatics are impressive as is their ability to control pests from mosquitoes to biting flies. And oh their beauty when shimmering over a garden or pond! Over 5,000 species dress themselves in everything from…

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Firefly or Lightening Bug? You Decide!

This summer I have witnessed more fireflies than I’ve ever seen. Each evening gracing our fields and pasture, it is truly unbelievable to see thousands of beautiful and magical flashes of light as night falls. My 4 year old absolutely…

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Butterflies in Maryland: Swallowtails and Checkerspots

In seasonal regions such as Maryland, nature goes through cycles, with some seasons reserved for growing and reproducing, and others for resting and waiting for conditions to get better. One of the groups of organisms that in my opinion represent…

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Hidden Garden Party: Who’s Eating Whom?

Who loves a party? I know I do, especially a summer BBQ with all the family favorites! Insects are no exception and really know how to have some fun. Pictured above is a party of aphids, which are tiny little…

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What should I plant to help pollinators?

We all want to protect pollinators and it seems that the best way to do that is to have a lot of flowers so they can feed on them. But if you’ve ever checked a seed catalog or visited a…

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Wheel of Munchin’: Assassin Bugs in the Garden

In my college entomology class, I was required to put together an insect collection. At that time, I had no idea how handy that insect collection would be! I use it regularly now to show children in schools cool insect…

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Carpenter Bees Are Native Pollinators

A sure sign of spring is the emergence of carpenter bees. Have you seen the perfectly circular small holes that these bees chew into wood? I mean honestly, I have trouble drawing a perfect circle freehand, much less chewing one!  …

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