Category Archives: Insects

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Was Tinker Bell a Firefly?

For the past three nights (mid June) I have watched as many as a  hundred fireflies blinking in my yard. This is so hopeful because for years I have rarely seen them. Twenty-five years ago, I remember walking out at … Continue reading

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Isn’t Nature Amazing!

The Short Life of an Early Spring Bee. Look at this barren hillside. Who would guess that beneath the ground is a whole colony of bees awaiting the warmth of the sun, so they can emerge. Known as the cellophane … Continue reading

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Time of the Grasshoppers

Thanks to Amelia Ladd for her beautiful pen and ink sketches. Time of the Grasshoppers    For the past 20 years I have been working with 2nd graders studying grasshoppers. When you spend as much time as I have in … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis

Article and photos  by Kelly Shea, who is currently living in Puebla, Mexico, studying Spanish and spending some much needed time as a global citizen. Similar to the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, I find myself here in Mexico … Continue reading

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Thirteen Year-old Naturalist

Felix Fettig is passionate about butterflies, native plants and amphibians. In 3rd grade Felix started raising monarch caterpillars and has done this activity for the past five years. “ I just feel really passionate about this. I have raised monarchs, … Continue reading

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The Great Bee Rescue

Article and photos by Dewey Hassig During the July 17-18 storm, numerous trees came down all over Minnesota. I got a call that a big tree branch was down at the Edenwood Camp, in Eden Prairie, MN, and it had … Continue reading

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Buzzing for Change

How a small group of people stood tall for the lowly honey bee. “Birds and nature, in general, provide me with such spiritual joy and a sense of connection that it was only natural to feel the urgency of this … Continue reading

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Pollinator Program

                     

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Grasshopper Program

There are two basic groups of grasshoppers:  Long horned and short-horned Parts of a Grasshopper   Predators on Grasshoppers          

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Bee Program

                                                 Bees, Wasps and Hornets   Yellow Jacket                            Bumblebee – There are over 15 species of bumblebee in MN                                                                      Honey Bee Bee Fly      … Continue reading

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