October 31, 2008 by Kate Brittain
As April showers are to May flowers in other parts of the country, so are autumn rains to the rain beetle here in the Bay Area. The rainy season's first soaking precipitation (an inch or more) beckons forth this remarkable insect.
September 12, 2008 by Kate Brittain
Whether you're cautiously curious or already avid, autumn is the time to go tarantula-spotting in the Bay Area. It's mating season for the hairy critters, and, accordingly, the males are venturing forth from the ground in search of potential partners, who coyly await their suitors on their burrows' "doorsteps," and try to eat them after the fact.