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Insects prepare for winter, create unique homes within leaves

Insects prepare for winter, create unique homes within leaves

Winter shelters, or galls, appear on oak leaves, sumac leaves, willow branches or goldenrod stems, says outdoors columnist
Welcome to Molluscs 101

Welcome to Molluscs 101

Study of snails and slugs is a slimy job, but someone's got to do it
Misidentifying wasp stings, admits outdoors columnist

Misidentifying wasp stings, admits outdoors columnist

Working in the great outdoors is always a learning experience, David Hawke says
Predator wasp does not target people; it's looking for a  buffet

Predator wasp does not target people; it's looking for a buffet

Primary purpose of this insect that looks more science-fiction than animal kingdom is to find a place for its egg, says outdoors columnist
Rascally rabbits are everywhere this year

Rascally rabbits are everywhere this year

Outdoors columnist David Hawke explains the high numbers are just part of the regular life-cycle for rabbits and hares
Distinctive aroma detonates memory like 'poignant land mine'

Distinctive aroma detonates memory like 'poignant land mine'

Pineappleweed's pungent aroma rekindles distant memories of simpler times for outdoors lover
Questing blood-suckers know how to 'tick' off an outdoors lover

Questing blood-suckers know how to 'tick' off an outdoors lover

Ticks seem to be everywhere this year, says outdoors columnist, who has some words of wisdom to help keep these pests at bay
Encountering a black bear can be a wild experience

Encountering a black bear can be a wild experience

It's important to be prepared for surprise encounters if you go into the woods, says outdoors columnist
A goddess among moths

A goddess among moths

Big, beautiful Luna moths usually stick around here for only a week or two
Bitten by a mosquito? Nope, you're a victim of insect mythology!

Bitten by a mosquito? Nope, you're a victim of insect mythology!

Our outdoors columnist explains that what is really bugging you ... are flies of various shapes and sizes