Bon Appetit: Edible Insects on the Rise

It’s up to you, dear reader, to decide if this piece is appropriate or inappropriate in light of Thanksgiving this week—but either way, I hope you find it interesting and informative! While the trend hasn’t necessarily hit mainstream news, insect farming for human consumption is on the rise. The practice of eating insects, entomophagy, has been […]

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Spider Myths and Legends From Around the World

Halloween is in just a few days, so it’s time to get scary! If you suffer from arachnophobia, then proceed with caution because today’s blog is all about our creepy eight-legged friends.  Spiders are a popular theme during Halloween because they lurk in dark corners, have a connection to witches, and sometimes are just plain […]

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Backyard Buddies: All About Bats

It’s finally Spooktober, and many people will be decorating their yards for the month of Halloween. When you think of Halloween, you might imagine creeping spiders, jack-o-lanterns, and of course, flying bats. While bats might have a reputation as being spooky, or perhaps even dangerous, they’re really just suffering from some bad PR. Bats are […]

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Beautiful Bugs: Moths

This month we’re coming to you with another installation in our “Beautiful Bugs” series—about moths! The world of moths is a fascinating one to explore. These little winged creatures are far from boring, and play a vital role in our natural environment. Moths come in all shapes and sizes, and can spend hours circling your […]

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Antlions: The Real Life Sarlacc

Unless you’re a real seasoned gardener or an entomologist, you may never have heard of the “antlion,” but this sometimes-big sometimes-small garden warrior is worth knowing. By the end, you’ll be thankful that they call your garden “home.” Let’s dig right in.  What Are Antlions? Is it a dragonfly?  Is it a lacewing? No, it’s […]

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Backyard Buddies: Opossums in Florida (Please Don’t Hurt Us!)

Just like in the real world, in pest control there are “good guys” and “bad guys.” Also like the real world, it’s not always that cut and dry. Sometimes the “good guys” are widely (but incorrectly) considered to be “bad guys,” and the “bad guys” misinterpreted to be “good guys.” Let’s take a closer look […]

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How Did Bats Become Associated with Vampires and Halloween?

It is now October, and with it comes all things spooky and scary. It seems as if, overnight from September 30 to October 1, the world breaks out in an infestation of spiders, bats, goblins, ghosts, ghouls, and the rest of their icky ilk. The season got me thinking about spiders recently, which inspired my […]

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How Do Bees Make Honey?

You’ve likely heard at one point or another that honey is “bee vomit” but is that really true? Do all bees make honey or just a few, and of those that do…how do bees actually make honey? Let’s find out. Which bees make honey? Before we get started, first we must understand that honey is […]

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