September 8th, 2020

Ask The Entomologist: Fluffy caterpillars

Last week I received an “Ask The Entomologist” identification request. What is this fluffy caterpillar? It was found feeding on blackberry bush leaves. First off, adorable. This is a Tussock Moth caterpillar, so called after the little clumps of hair on their backs. Many fluffy caterpillars are in this group, family Lymantriidae. This particular species… Continue reading Ask The Entomologist: Fluffy caterpillars

Paper Wasp Body Language

If you know what signs to look for when you meet a wasp, it’s easy to avoid being stung. Have you ever been buzzed by a bee or a paper wasp? They dive bomb you, fly close to your face, even collide with you, but without stinging? Those were probably sentries for a nest, trying… Continue reading Paper Wasp Body Language

Beer Taxes North and South

I listened to a comment from north of the line about how cheap beer is south of the 49th parallel.  So I decided to investigate – and a lot of the difference is alcohol prices is the governmental controls.  Taxes do make a difference in what we drink – particularly when we look at alcoholic… Continue reading Beer Taxes North and South

Musical Life Expectancy

Over 20 years ago, a study was published about the life expectancy of saxophone players. It found that playing saxophone correlated positively with a significantly shorter life expectancy, and suggested that it might be caused by circular breathing and posture – but the data just showed correlation.  Of course, regardless of the quality of statistical data,… Continue reading Musical Life Expectancy

Community Decay Part 4

Q: What’s the difference between lawn art and community decay? A: Up to 500$ and/or 6 months imprisonment! Read about the Community Decay Ordinance:

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