Insects

Nature Moments: The Buzz About Bees

Bumblebees have tiny brains but extraordinarily sophisticated behavior. If you follow a bee as it forages for pollen and nectar, you're likely to find that it specializes on only one type of flower. In this latest Nature Moments video, ecologist Patty Jones explains that bees' choices are influenced …

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Nature Moments: House Invaders

If you live in an old house, explains Bowdoin professor and Maine Audubon trustee Nat Wheelwright, you probably are acquainted with these three home invaders: Long-bodied Cellar Spiders, Western Conifer Seed Bugs, and Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles. Although they're not native to the northeast, …

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Nature Moments: Life Under the Ice

Check out Nat Wheelwright's latest "Nature Moments" video! Have you ever wondered what could be living underneath the ice of a frozen pond? With no light or air, and temperatures just above freezing, you'd think life would be impossible, but... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K50XY0nZNr0 Nature …

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Fireflies in Winter?

Most people associate fireflies with soft summer evenings, but late in February and into March it is possible to see Winter dark fireflies (Ellychnia corrusca) glowing in the woods.  The larvae and pupae have the ability to bioluminesce, but lose the necessary organs as they become adults during …

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Nature Moments: Leaping Snow Fleas

The latest Nature Moment video from Nat Wheelwright takes a close look at a creature that can be easy to miss in winter -- the Snow Flea. What animal can jump 100 times the length of his body – without using any of his six legs? Take a walk in the snow on a sunny February day and look closely in …

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