If you find a still bat on the ground, don’t pick it up with your hands. It may still be alive, just in torpor from the cold weather. It may need to be warmed up, fed and placed on a tree.
Keep reading Bats get cold and fall onto ground in Autumn; they need a warm-up treat
Humongous Polyphemus Moth hatches–sorry, ecloses–from one of two mystery cocoons downed from oak trees during the harsh winter.
Keep reading Mystery cocoon revealed: giant Polyphemus Moth
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.
Keep reading What to do with cocoons falling from late winter trees?
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.
Keep reading Which is more dangerous: giant wasp or fuzzy yellow caterpillar?
Lepidopterist, or mothers, use a concoction of beer, bananas and molasses to bait certain sap-eating moths. Otherwise, try a bright light on a cloudy, moonless night.
Keep reading Moths drawn to lights, rotten beer, often against their best interests
At least 10 species of beetle are easily mistaken for the hated Asian longhorn beetle.
Keep reading What’s black and white and not an Asian longhorn beetle?