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What’s In My Backyard?-Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Meet the Neighbors: Twelve-spotted Skimmer For the introduction to this series, see here. This beautiful dragonfly is a mosquito-eating machine. The larvae live in ponds and lakes and are carnivorous, eating almost anything they can catch. One thing that they eat a lot of is mosquito larvae. The adults are excellent hunters. One of their …

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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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