Bees Find Land Mines

Bees can be trained to sniff out TNT.

Mirjana Filipovic is still haunted by the land mine blast that killed her boyfriend and blew off her left leg while on a fishing trip nearly a decade ago. It happened in a field that was supposedly de-mined. Now, unlikely heroes may be coming to the rescue to prevent similar tragedies: sugar-craving honeybees.

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A Collectors Enemy – Silverfish

Hated by all collectors!

If you are a collector of any kind of paper items, magazines, newspapers, clippings, books, etc, you have a hatred for these little bugs, silverfish. This Lepisma saccharinum is a small primitive wingless insect. They are hated due to their consumption and destruction of property.

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Dirt Daubers

Mud daubers, commonly known in the south as dirt daubers, are fascinating insects.

Have you seen these weird-looking mud tunnel nests? They belong to the dirt dauber (also known as the mud wasp or mud dauber) belonging to the family Sphecidae or Crabronidae. These different families vary in appearance but most are long, slender wasps about 1 inch in length.

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Jorō Spiders

Distinctive red on body

A member of the golden orb-web spider genus, found in warmer regions and building impressive webs, is the Trichonephila clavata, also known as the Jorō spider. Found in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and Georgia. They pass through winter as eggs and scatter as juveniles in the spring. The adult female’s body size is 17-25mm while the male is a little smaller at 7-10mm. The females web can be up to 1 meter in length with yellow threads. It has three layers, the central orb and 2 irregular layers, one in front, one behind.

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Phantom Fire Ant Bites

The other day I got out of my car at Kroger and stepped, in a spilled liquid spot, and my leg was instantly covered in fire ants. I immediately started swatting them and took off and emptied my shoe. I got bit 15-20 times around my ankle.

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