Experts regularly peruse new postings to verify the IDs, making the information on BugGuide almost as reliable as that in old-fashioned, fully edited, paper-based field guides.
Combined with a goldfinch’s small size, plump shape, and twittery flight notes, the roller-coaster flight makes these birds easy to recognize.
“I hate the reliance of the shark tournament on expensive boats, expensive gear, and the climate-trashing combustion of vast quantities of fossil fuel.”
Mistakenly maligned as an allergen in late summer and early fall, goldenrods actually serve many positive purposes.
Color plays countless roles in the natural world, and vastly enhances our enjoyment of nature.
I worry that this bizarre butterfly pattern is a symptom of some large-scale, fundamental ecological shift.
And it’s sad to think of the impacts the decline of these important animals has had on human well-being.
The Island probably represents the closest this excellent reptile has to a stronghold in the state.
Most of these interesting arthropods are harmless, indeed beneficial, to humans, and they help maintain ecological balance.
Parents have just a few weeks to bring their offspring to independence, fending off countless risks in the process.