Posted March 26, 2017 by Ron Callari

In a recent episode of FX’s hit TV drama ’The Americans,' the plot line hinged on what I thought was a fictionalized tale of espionage, utilizing insects as armed soldiers of sorts. It followed the lead characters Elizabeth and Philip Jennings in their attempt to foil an American plot against the Russians. Disease-spreading midges  [resembling mosquitoes] were being bred to destroy the Soviet’s wheat supply to escalate that country's hunger crisis. Definitely a unique spy-story premise . . . but could any of it be true?

Posted March 21, 2017 by Rebecca West

Spring is here for much of the country. With declining honeybee populations, learn which plants you can get a head start on in your garden for providing nectar-bearing sustenance for Earth's pollinators throughout the growing season.

Posted February 28, 2017 by Laurie Kay Olson

Nature has an amazing facility for diversity and looking at the Dragonhead Caterpillar it is no wonder that many ancient peoples believed in legendary creatures like dragons and monsters. If one of these little caterpillars found its way to Japan and got a sizeable dose of radiation Tokyo would be destroyed yet again. Godzilla would have to come out of retirement to take it down.

Posted February 24, 2017 by Kitty Devine

You don't have to be a student at Hogwarts to be interested in studying divination. Many ancient cultures have believed that animals were guides, guardians, and protectors of humans. With the Druid Animal Oracle Deck you can dip into the Celtic tradition of animal beliefs.

Posted February 15, 2017 by Kitty Devine

Spring is ready to come sooner than later and it is time to be making gardening plans. Adding a decorative element to your yard or garden is fun for your and your visitors. This Praying Mantis Garden Stake is a wonderful choice.

Posted January 19, 2017 by Laurie Kay Olson

Images of what appear to be ladybugs infesting dogs' mouths have been circulating around the internet for a couple of years now. The truth is that they are not ladybugs but an invasive beetle known as Asian Lady Beetle, among other names. These bugs were  brought into the U.S. in an attempt to control aphid populations. Now some dogs are getting the downside of these bugs.

Posted December 1, 2016 by Laurie Kay Olson

At this dark time of year people don't usually think of braving the cold to go to the zoo -- especially at night. During the month of December zoos all over North America change this up by creating month-long events called Zoo Lights or Wild Lights. They decorate their grounds with millions of twinkle lights and displays of animals made of lights right alongside the live animals that live there.

Posted November 15, 2016 by John P. Barker

These bizarre looking beetles are extremely rare--so rare that scientists have only viewed them mating twice...