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What’s In My Backyard?-Long-tailed Giant Ichneumonid Wasp

Meet the Neighbors: Long-tailed Giant Ichneumonid Wasp For the introduction to this series, see here. Here is one of the most dramatic wasps you might see in your yard. This is a rather scary looking insect. After all, look at that long appendage on its tail. You might think that is an enormous stinger! In …

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What’s In My Backyard?-Common Checkered-Skipper

Meet the Neighbors: Common Checkered-Skipper For the introduction to this series, see here. Today we meet the Common Checkered-Skipper. If you live anywhere in the US or Mexico or southern Canada, you will have these little butterflies living near you. Skippers are butterflies even though they are so small and chubby. Common Checkered-Skippers lay eggs …

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Saturn through a small telescope

Explore Saturn

Science Snippet: Explore Saturn Saturn is currently 824 million miles from the Earth. Over the next few weeks, it will come within 816 million miles before receding again. For Saturn, this is fairly close; at times, it is more than a billion miles away! Still, 824 million miles is a very long distance. In my …

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