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.
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.
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
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...
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.
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
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