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Backyard Beekeeper on a Quest

Backyard Beekeeper on a Quest As our suburbs grow, more wild spaces that used to the home of patches of wildflowers have turned into long stretches of green lawn.  No flowers means no food for bees. Ultimately, they lose habitat and that is one of the many stressors they face these days. A backyard beekeeper…

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Nantucket Island Hunts Down Lone Raccoon

Nantucket Island Hunts Down Lone Raccoon Although the native populations lived with raccoons and even used them as a food source, since Nantucket separated from mainland North American about twenty thousand years ago, there have been exactly zero of these ring-tailed rodents on the island. But now there is one.  Apparently he (or she) stowed…

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Siege of Australian Town Won by Tarantula Army

Siege of Australian Town Won by Tarantula Army A new species of tarantula is in town.  Rather, they’ve taken over the town.  The number of spiders roaming the streets of Maningrida, Australia is estimated to be 25,000.  The town’s human population is a little over 2,000. High populations of spiders usually equate to 200 or…

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Lured by Sweetness to Insect Grave | Texas Termite Control

Lured by Sweetness to Insect Grave The pitcher plant is not actually carnivorous, in the classic definition.  Carnivorous plants, like the famous Venus Fly Catcher, wait for insects to enter then clamp down their swift jaws and trap the hapless bug. But even though the pitcher plant looks like any garden-variety leaf, it holds a…

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Award Winning Bread Baked with Bugs

Award Winning Bread Baked with Bugs The final exams are over.  At the school of Food, Nutrition and Health in north Britain, the heated competition meant a tasty finished product. At the end of each school year, the Young Scientist Competition searches for the best science and nutrition based product, and this year’s unusual winner…

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Crickets Hopping to a Menu Near You

Crickets Hopping to a Menu Near You The chirping sounds are incessant, as piles of brown striped six-legged creatures vie for a little space on Canada’s largest bug farm.  Near Ontario, three brothers are riding the crest of next biggest agricultural wave: bug harvesting. The Goldin brothers run Next Millenium Farms, about two hours north…

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Wildlife Encounters: Tips And Precautions For Homeowners

Wildlife Encounters: Tips And Precautions For Homeowners If you read bible stories, you may recall one about Noah and the ark where he was depicted to have herded various forms of wildlife onboard his boat in anticipation of a great flood. Fast forward to today and biologists of the Texas Parks and Wildlife department warn…

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New Insect Has Crossed the Border — Twice

New Insect Has Crossed the Border — Twice South Texas is more than a port of entry for more than human life; it is also guarded for the entry of insects. For that reason, Texas A&M and other universities are always on the lookout for new bug species – and another one has reared its…

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Tragic Death by Bee Sting in Texas

Tragic Death by Bee Sting in Texas As often occurs with freak accidents, this incident really could have happened to anyone. The bees were living inside a pipe, eighteen inches in diameter, and the gigantic hive was completely hidden from view. The man on the tractor could not have known what was nesting there when…

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