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Horror Stress Ball

C’mon, you know you want one. Who wouldn’t want a horror skull stress ball to relieve the tension of today's world? Here's what you do. Take one stress ball. Place it in the palm of your hand and squeeze. From...

Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Not Joe the Plumber

Carpenter Bee

Plumbers, especially a plumber named "Joe," are hogging the news a lot lately. But what about the carpenters? What about the carpenter bees? The carpenter bee, a black bee larger than a bumble bee, burrows into dead trees, logs and your...

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 12:30 PM
Tags: carpenter bee (24), compound eyes (1), Xylocopa (1)

Make My Day!

Blow fly on a daylily

"Go ahead, make my day." So said actor Clint Eastwood, as the character Harry Callahan, in the 1983 movie, Sudden Impact, after a robber grabbed a hostage. "Dirty Harry" was known for blowing away the bad guys. Clashes and...

Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Our Halloween Butterfly

Fiery Skipper

Well, it's not really a Halloween butterfly, but it is orange. The Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) visits us more than the politicians do at Election Time. Last Sunday we spotted four Skippers in our backyard. Only two politicians skipped to our front...

Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 4:57 PM

You're No Honey Bee!

Drone fly

Remember the 1998 U.S. vice presidential debate when Sen. Lloyd Bentsen told Sen Dan Quayle: "I knew Jack Kennedy, and you're no Jack Kennedy!" Well, in the insect world, there's a fly that looks a lot like a honey bee, but it's no honey...

Posted on Monday, October 13, 2008 at 6:53 PM

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