An obvious feature of an earwig is the pair of pincers or forceps at the tip of the abdomen. Both sexes have these pincers; in males they are large and curved, whereas they’re straight in females.

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 The tiger swallowtail’s caterpillars resemble bird droppings.

The tiger swallowtail’s caterpillars resemble bird droppings.

 I try to pet a bumblebee each morning. It doesn’t appear to bother the bee and it delights me.

I try to pet a bumblebee each morning. It doesn’t appear to bother the bee and it delights me.

 Bumblebees have longer antennae than the flies that mimic them.

Bumblebees have longer antennae than the flies that mimic them.

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A blue jay bald due to an abnormal molt.

 A native, solitary bee nesting box.

A native, solitary bee nesting box.

 A native, solitary bee will fill an entire tunnel of this nest box with eggs and plug the tunnel entrance with mud, leaf pieces, or other vegetation. A bee hotel like this is a swell gift for a gardener.

A native, solitary bee will fill an entire tunnel of this nest box with eggs and plug the tunnel entrance with mud, leaf pieces, or other vegetation. A bee hotel like this is a swell gift for a gardener.

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