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Author: Barbara H. Smith

Beneficial Yellow Garden Spiders

The yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia) is also known as a writing spider. Legend has it that if you disturb or damage the web, then the spider will write your name when it reweaves the web. One...

Ouch! Poisonous Packsaddle Caterpillars

Have you ever been stung by a packsaddle caterpillar? If so, it’s an experience you will never forget. A number of years ago, I had an unfortunate encounter with one while picking corn, and the...

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a beautiful native wildflower that is an excellent source of pollen and nectar for beneficial pollinating insects. The genus name Asclepias is derived from the...

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