There are about 125,000 different species of moths, with many more yet to be discovered or properly identified. With so many different species of moth, there are also many different types of moth larvae, which we know better as caterpillars. Different families of moths have different defining char
Gnats can be a real nuisance, especially in the summer. Most people have to deal with these pests in their homes. You can take some simple steps to get rid of them and, once they are gone, it's just as easy to keep them away.
The praying mantis is an insect that belongs to the order of Mantodea. It derives its name from the large front legs which assume a position that looks as if it's holding its arms up in prayer. The irony is that the praying mantis is a fearsome predator and rather than praying, it's waiting for some
Wolf spiders are beneficial insects that prey on lawn and garden pests. They are large hunting spiders who chase their prey instead of building webs. Wolf spiders can become a nuisance when they find their way inside your home. They can enter through tiny cracks and crevices around doors and window
Having your baby corn snake escape its enclosure is probably one of the most heart-wrenching, yet most common, problems snake owners face. Regardless of what type of enclosure you have, baby corn snakes have a knack for being able to find the smallest of openings and work their way out. While findi
Pennsylvania is home to a large number of spiders that can live is numerous locations. Most Pennsylvanian spiders are harmless to humans. Spiders in this state also tend to have distinct characteristics and behaviors that make them very easy to identify. Some of Pennsylvania's most interesting spi
Queen bee identification in an active hive is essential to ensure her health and presence for the survival of the bee colony. With a little practice, regularity and the right precautions, many experts say it's easy to identify the queen bee because she's always surrounded by a swarm of other bees an
The great state of Texas, with its many and diverse habitats, is home to nine species of rattlesnake. With desert, grasslands and rocky mountain environments, the state can support numerous native species. Of the nine species, only a handful can be classified as common.
The heron diet includes invertebrates and vertebrates. Some subspecies also eat plant matter. After teaching themselves to hunt as young birds, heron live mostly on fish. Their other food sources comprise a diverse and lengthy list, including worms, birds, insects (aquatic and terrestrial), crustace
The beekeeper suit is one of the basic requirements for a starting beekeeper. You'll have to pay attention to what the suit is made of, while considering the comfort of the suit while you're wearing it.The suit has to be able to protect you from bee stings, but should also permit proper ve
A common characteristic of grasshoppers is long, powerful legs.grasshopper image by martini from Fotolia.comThere are many different types of grasshoppers that vary in size and color. But grasshoppers also share some characteristics, no matter the species. These insects are commonly found...
We all know bees eat honey. But honey provides only the carbohydrate portion of a bee's diet. The protein portion comes from the pollen produced by various plants. Pollen is essential for drone and brood rearing and is particularly important for colony buildup in preparation for honey flows and poll
Metamorphosis is the process in which an animal undergoes a fundamental change in its physical form. This happens after the initial birthing or hatching process, such as when a caterpillar curls up in its cocoon and transforms into a butterfly. This is a truly incredible process and for many childre
The Chilean rose, or rose-hair, is a brownish-pink tarantula commonly sold at pet stores. Retailers should only sell female Chilean roses, since males have a much shorter life span and will die within months of purchase. Unfortunately, many retailers and consumers have difficulty distinguishing betw
Fire ants, which were introduced to the United States in the 1900s, are unwelcome visitors around animals. The ants can give nasty multiple stings to grown animals; multiple stings to a newborn may result in the newborn's death. Although fire ants can't be eradicated, the areas in which animals live
Utah Valley and Utah Lake are located in Utah County, Utah, making it an ideal location for a diverse array of wildlife. The fastest spiders are those that hunt for their prey rather than building webs, and there are several fast, long-legged spiders that live in Utah County's rich ecosystem. Though
The Glasswing butterfly, or species name Greta oto, thrives only in Central America. Its distribution ranges from the country of Panama up into parts of Mexico. They are common butterflies but difficult to see because of their transparent wings, which provide camouflage against predators.
Spiders don't require a lot of maintenance. Advantages to keeping pet spiders include not having to clean up pet mess, they're inexpensive and a spider doesn't take up a lot of space. Some tarantula species, such as the Mexican redknee and Chilean rose hair, make good first pets since these species