Beautiful Beneficials: Lady Beetles

Beautiful Beneficials: Lady Beetles

One of the most popular beneficial insects is the lady beetle or ladybug as they are so often incorrectly called. With more than 450 species of lady beetles in North America, both native and introduced, we should be well covered. However, many of those species are tiny, and only eaten certain things. However, most of […]

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Plants of the Carrot Family

Plants of the Carrot Family

Carrot family members are characterized by umbel flowers (usually) and hollow stems. The flowers are arranged in an umbel, in which flowers arise on long pedicels (like the supports of an umbrella) to form a flat- or round-topped array of flowers. The small flowers usually have both pollen-bearing or ovule-bearing parts. Leaves when crushed usually give off a strong odor. […]

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Beautiful Beneficials: Crab Spiders

Beautiful Beneficials: Crab Spiders

Spiders…Yikes! When I was a child I became terrified of spiders after having one run down my face in the bathtub. Still gives me the creeps. However, I have come to not fear spiders so much and revel in their existence more. In the house, they still bother me, I usually end up killing them […]

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9 Steps to a Pollinator Paradise

9 Steps to a Pollinator Paradise

I get a lot of questions, both here and from others about pollinators and pollinator gardens. What I say seems simple enough, most gardens are already geared for pollinators, because people like lots of flowers. Despite reports, there are very few flowers that are not attractive to insects. What I do know for sure, is […]

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