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What’s In My Backyard?-Colorado Soldier Beetle

Meet the Neighbors: Colorado Soldier Beetle For the introduction to this series, see here. Soldier beetles are colorful beetles that can be found on flower heads in late summer and fall. There are many species wildly distributed across the US. Many of them have beautiful orange, yellow, or red coloration. They are called soldier beetles …

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What’s In My Backyard?-Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp

Meet the Neighbors: Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp For the introduction to this series, see here. These brightly colored wasps are master builders. They make nests of mud in shady sheltered places like bridges, garages, barns, and behind shutters. Their Latin name means builder of walls! They place captured spiders in the nests for their larvae to …

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