Humongous Polyphemus Moth hatches–sorry, ecloses–from one of two mystery cocoons downed from oak trees during the harsh winter.
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Dreary winter is a great time to find cocoons in trees or on the ground. I found a luna or polyphemus moth cocoon and am anxiously awaiting its emergence. Turns out there’s a huge online market for cocoons among moth and butterfly breeders.
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When you peel back the outer paper of a wasp nest, you find layers of hive, some dead larvae, some zombie wasps springing to life and not much honey. Also a faint odor.
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What are those scary-looking 2-inch long wasps doing hovering over your lawn? Killing 160 cicadas in their short lives.
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At least 10 species of beetle are easily mistaken for the hated Asian longhorn beetle.
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The smaller, drabber cousin of the Monarch is headed north in huge numbers this year.
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Biologists are studying the parks of New York and other cities like Galapagos–where isolated populations evolve to face unique urban pressures.
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