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Stag Beetles

Few insects can grab your attention like a giant stag beetle. Stag beetles are in the insect family Lucanidae. Both females and males of many Lucanid species are impressively big, but the males,...

Pomegranates

The Pomegranate, as well as the fig, are often considered some of the oldest cultivated fruits. Believed to be native to the Middle East, the Pomegranate is a fruit with an interesting history and...

Scarlet Swamp Hibiscus

Scarlet swamp hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) is in the Malvacea family and is native to the Southeastern US. Hibiscus in Greek and Latin means mallow, and in Latin, coccineus means scarlet. Plant...

What is it? Wednesday

Decorative Crypsis Display by Synchlora spp. (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) The ability to camouflage oneself and the level of that camouflage is often a matter of life and death for an insect. Adults...

National Moth Week

Did you know this week is National Moth Week? July 17 – 25, 2021, marks the tenth anniversary of National moth week. This program started in New Jersey but now has a global reach. The goal this year...

What is it? Wednesday

Eastern Cicada Killer, (Sphecius speciosus) The appearance of Eastern cicada killer, Sphecius speciosus, indicates that we are in the throes of summer. Although menacing-looking due to their size...

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