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Xerces Society

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

A Portland, Oregon-based organization devoted to protecting butterflies and other insects.

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UC Davis-Bohart Museum of Entomology

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Home to the seventh largest insect collection in North America, with worldwide in coverage. The museum is also holds the California Insect Survey, a storehouse of the insect biodiversity of California.

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Contra Costa Vector and Mosquito Control District

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Our District consists of a modern force of certified, trained technicians that now execute a county-wide mosquito control program. Presently, the District uses state-of-the-art, environmentally-sound techniques combined with biological control agents that specifically target mosquito control. Environmentally sound techniques, reliable and efficient services, as well as programs to combat emerging diseases while preserving or enhancing our environment, are the critical elements in the success of the District for over 70 years.

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Bug People

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

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The Cuckoo Wasp: A Gorgeous Parasite

July 01, 2012 by David Lukas

A cuckoo wasp is one of those remarkable animals that appears for just a few seconds and makes you wonder what the heck you just saw. Fast-moving and no larger than a skinny housefly, these wasps stand out nonetheless: They glow an outrageous iridescent blue-green, as if illuminated from within.

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Yes, the Bay Area has scorpions. Watch your fingers and toes.

December 07, 2011 by Richard Karevoll

Scorpions don’t just inhabit bleak desert landscapes. The Bay Area has four local species of scorpion, as one butterfly enthusiast discovered on an expedition to Albany Hill one crisp November day.

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Insecta-Palooza Takes the Creepy out of Lots of Crawlies

October 26, 2011 by Eric Galan

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s only natural to think of cobwebs and hairy creatures lurking in dark places. Just the thought of these creepy, crawling, eight-legged, web tangling, multi-eyed arachnids can frighten even the toughest individuals. Even yours truly. Luckily, the third installment of Sonoma State University’s Insecta-Palooza is here to remind us that these crawlers aren’t so creepy after all.

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You Are What You Eat

October 01, 2011 by John Muir Laws

The Darwin’s emerald moth is a neat trick of evolution: The larvae change color depending on what they eat. And they do it visually — but them in the dark and they fail to match their host plants.

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Sticks and Stones Can Make a Home

January 01, 2011 by Cat Taylor

“Home”–the word evokes many images: memories of your childhood abode or the smell of a home-cooked meal. Animals, too, have different ideas of home–nursery, fortress, or merely a place to rest. Here’s a few fun homes you might see in the woods, if you know where to look.

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The Ants Go Marching One by One

July 01, 2010 by Mike Koslosky

How the heck do all those ants find you every time you sit down at a park for a nice picnic? The short answer is: sheer numbers and good communication. But there’s a lot more to know about ants than that…

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