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
The term "wolf spiders" is the general name of a group of spiders that are large, hairy, ground-dwelling predators. Belonging to the Lycosidae family, wolf spiders are commonly found throughout North America. They live in a wide range of habitats, including Florida's nature preserves as well as the
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.
Ball pythons originated in Africa and are also referred to as royal pythons. A member of the constrictor family, the ball python snake curls into a ball when threatened.
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
Garter snakes, also called garden snakes, are common small non-venomous snakes indigenous to North America. Hardy, attractive and docile, they make appealing pets--especially for beginning snake fanciers--and are widely available in pet stores.
Help to protect a threatened species by breeding woma pythons. These pythons are no longer found in one-third of their former range area in Australia. They live in desert areas, in sand hills and dunes. Woma pythons kept in captivity are docile and easily handled pets. They are sought after because
The royal python, or python reguis, is a python species that is smaller and more docile than the ball python. Because of this, royal pythons are usually recommended as a beginner snake pet for a person who is interested in owning snakes. They can be found in most pet stores and in the wild. Royal py
Waterbug in just another name for the infamous cockroach. Waterbugs are dirty and can carry disease. They love the darkness of the night which is why people discover them after turning on a light. If you find one waterbug in your home, you can be sure that there are more. Unless you want the infesta
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
Also known as cross spiders, garden spiders have white, cross-shaped markingsEuropean garden spider (Araneus diadematus, cross spider) image by Lars Lachmann from Fotolia.comEven the toughest person usually experiences a little jump (and perhaps scream) when he sees a spider scurrying...
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
A very common reptile, the rough green snake is a popular pet for people with exotic tastes. It is a very calm snake that doesn't mind being handled. You can easily buy a rough green snake either in a pet store or online.
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
Gardeners around the world view tomato worms as pests, but kids delight in watching these large, green caterpillars go through their life cycle. The two most common species in the United States are the tomato hornworm (Manduca quinquemaculata) and the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta). Both feed on t
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.
Collecting insects, including beetles, is an inexpensive way to teach children about the insect world, which make up more than half of all animals living on earth, according to the University of Minnesota Extension. Preserving beetles -- of which there are over 250,000 known species -- inside of a b
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