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    • 12 Things You Can Do to Help Native Bees Created: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Whether we know it or not, we've declared war on our native bees. Habitat destruction, overdevelopment, and shrinking plant diversity all impact native bee populations. Here are 12 things you can d...
    • 10 Best North American Trees for Bees Created: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Learn which trees are the most attractive to pollinating bees in North America.
    • Bumblebees, Genus Bombus Created: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Bumblebees are familiar insects, but there's probably a lot you don't know. Learn about habitat, diet, life cycle, range, and more here.
    • How to Use a Bug Bomb to Treat a Pest Problem in Your Home Created: Monday, November 09, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Before you use a bug bomb product to eliminate a pest problem in your home, read these important directions and safety precautions. Each year people misuse bug bombs, resulting in damage to property and serious health impacts for family members. Don't become a statistic.
    • Do Insects Feel Pain? Created: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Scientists, animal rights activists, and biological ethicists have long debated this common question: do insects feel pain? It's not an easy question to answer. We can't know for certain what insec...
    • 10 Cool Facts About Grasshoppers Created: Saturday, July 28, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
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    • What is the Difference Between Venomous and Poisonous? Created: Friday, August 28, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      The terms venomous and poisonous are often used interchangeably, but incorrectly. There is, in fact, a difference between a venomous insect and a poisonous insect.
    • How to Control Flies in Your Home and Yard Created: Monday, May 11, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Flies are common pests in the home and yard, but they do pose a health risk. A single house fly can carry over one million bacteria on its body. Control of filth flies involves good sanitation prac...
    • What Are These Tiny, Black Bugs That Jump? Created: Thursday, March 15, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      There are tiny, black bugs in my house and they jump when I get near them! What are they, and how do I get rid of them?
    • How to Use Crickets to Calculate Temperature Created: Monday, June 08, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      You can determine the approximate temperature be counting the number of times a cricket chirps in one minute. Just use these equations to calculate the temperature." itempr expr="$zTP='t3'" --> ite...
    • Where Do Mosquitoes Go in Winter? Created: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Mosquitoes are nowhere to be found in winter, but reappear in force each spring as if by magic. Where do mosquitoes go in winter, and how do they reappear so quickly in spring?
    • Paper Wasps Created: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Paper wasps will defend their nest aggressively. When their nests are located in close proximity to people, some control measures may be required. Learn the safest time and method to remove problem...
    • Why Don't Spiders Get Stuck In Their Webs? Created: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Many spiders build webs to ensnare prey, and then sit and wait for a hapless insect to fly into the sticky silk trap. Why doesn't the spider get stuck?
    • Effective Flea Control Created: Tuesday, November 08, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Got fleas? If you find a flea on your dog or cat, don't despair. Flea control isn't impossible, it just takes the right flea treatment product and some persistent and thorough housekeeping. Here ar...
    • Order Diptera - Characteristics of True Flies Created: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Insects of the order Diptera, the true flies, are a large and diverse group that includes midges, no-see-ums, gnats, mosquitoes, and all manner of flies.
    • Order Araneae - Characteristics of Spiders Created: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Most people can recognize a spider, but do you know what characteristics make a spider a spider? Learn more about their habitats, families, and more.
    • How Do I Raise a Caterpillar in the Fall? Created: Friday, October 10, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      In the fall, you can find caterpillars you might want to raise through adulthood. But what do you need to do to keep a caterpillar through winter months?
    • Characteristics of Order Hemiptera, the True Bugs Created: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      When is a bug really a bug? Hemiptera comes from the Greek words "hemi", meaning half, and "pteron", meaning wing. Learn about habitats and more here.
    • Which Insect Makes the Biggest Swarm? Created: Tuesday, February 02, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Honey bees, ants, termites, and even gnats swarm. But none of these swarming insects comes close to holding the world record for the biggest swarm.
    • The Insect Index - Sorted by Scientific Names Created: Saturday, November 03, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      An index of insects, spiders, and other arthropods profiled on this site, sorted alphabetically by scientific names.
    • Wolf Spiders - Family Lycosidae Created: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      One of the largest spider families, wolf spiders use keen eyesight, quick reflexes, and camouflage to survive as ground dwellers.
    • How to Attract Beneficial Insects to Control Garden Pests Created: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Put beneficial insects to work for you and keep your pests under control the natural way. All you have to do is attract the right insects to your garden.
    • Schmidt Pain Index of Insect Stings Created: Monday, April 27, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      How much do insect stings hurt? Justin Schmidt, a researcher from the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, can tell you from personal experience.
    • Antennae Created: Saturday, August 08, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Antennae serve different sensory functions for different insects. Find the definition of the term antennae here and follow the links for more information.
    • Types of Insect Metamorphosis Created: Saturday, May 31, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      The physical transformation of an insect from one stage of its life cycle to another is called metamorphosis. Learn more about it here. Page 1.
    • How to Keep a Caterpillar Created: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Learn how to pick up a caterpillar without harming it, and which caterpillars you should avoid touching. Complete with photos. Page 1.
    • What Do Dragonflies Eat? Created: Saturday, February 18, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Learn what adult dragonflies and dragonfly nymphs eat, and how they catch their prey. Their flying maneuvers are truly impressive.
    • What Is the Largest Insect That Ever Lived? Created: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      You may know that giant insects flew and crawled through prehistoric swamps and forests. But do you know which is the largest insect that ever lived?
    • Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots? Created: Friday, December 28, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Why does the ladybug have spots, and what do they tell us? Learn more about spots and coloration and why they might be necessary to the ladybug's survival.
    • What Is Bee Propolis? Created: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Bee propolis may have potential for curing diseases, including some forms of cancer. Learn what bee propolis is and how bees make it.
    • What Do Killer Bees Look Like? Created: Monday, March 22, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Though very difficult to distinguish by those who are not experts, this article gives information on the "killer bee" and how it differs from a normal bee.
    • Life Cycle of Fireflies and Lightning Bugs Created: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Learn about the life cycle of fireflies, also known as lightning bugs. There are about 2,000 species of fireflies - over 150 species in the U.S. and Canada.

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