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Tag Archives: Natural History
Beech Blight Aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) will gather in large groups to feed on the sap of beech trees. They have a distinctive “dance” to deter predators. When disturbed, they wave their abdomens and waxy white filaments. These photos and videos … Continue reading
Photos and video show how a yellow garden spider changes its behavior in a heavy rain. The spider hangs from its web using its back legs, so it is perpendicular to the ground. This might make the body less of a “target” for raindrops. Continue reading
I was recently given some shed snake skins that were found at the CWRU Farm in northeast Ohio. These sheds will provide a fun way to teach CWRU herpetology students snake identification skills. Shed snake skins have a number of … Continue reading
Adult Bullfrogs are the largest North American frog, and even their tadpoles can be a handful. But they start their lives at a much smaller size. Here are two photos showing one day’s development of a bullfrog egg. The first … Continue reading
Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus): This snake was seen one April 2008 afternoon cruising through an open field in Yolo County, California. Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus): This snake was seen slithering near a pond in southeastern Michigan in October … Continue reading