Crawlies with Cri – Diving beetle

This week’s crawly is an excellent swimmer and one good-looking little beetle. Meet the Acilius abbreviatus predacious diving beetle. We’ll call them “Aci” for short. Aci is a western species, found along the West Coast and as far east as Idaho.At just one-half inch in length, this bitty beetle is[Read More…]

Are you a mosquito magnet? It could be your smell

Maddie Burakoff AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A new study finds that some people really are “mosquito magnets” and it probably has to do with the way they smell.The researchers found that people who are most attractive to mosquitoes produce a lot of certain chemicals on their skin[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Tule bluet damselfly

Many do not know what it’s like behind blue eyes, but this week we’ll try to get some insight into what’s behind the particular set on the tule bluet damselfly (Enallagma carunculatum).First: It’s pronounced “too-lay”.Bluets comprise the Genus Enallagma and unsurprisingly are called bluets because the males, at least, are[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Wooly bear caterpillar

This week’s crawly is wooly, but it is not a bear and it cannot predict the weather. Meet the wooly bear caterpillar (Pyrrharctia Isabella). Before we learn about the moth the wooly bear morphs into, let’s talk about the weather.The popular folklore around wooly bears is that the size of[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Jagged ambush bug (Genus Phymata)

You may not have known it, but we’ve been waiting eight years to meet this week’s crawly. Meet the jagged ambush bug (Genus Phymata).I first saw a photo of one on Twitter around 2014 and have been searching for one ever since. They’re tricky to find for several reasons. First,[Read More…]

IVFROG – stewards of the woodland

Nearly a decade ago, a public land decision to log Hope Mountain in Takilma hit a snag. Led by community-minded folk, namely the late John Meengs, neighbors went into action. They wanted to preserve the clean, clear and cool waters of nearby Page Creek which meanders through their forested properties[Read More…]