Insects & Spiders

Attracting Pollinators

Animals and insects aren’t being altruistic when they pollinate a plant. So how do plants attract and reward them for their services? MORE…

Ladybugs

Ladybugs are renowned as a good luck symbol and welcomed with open arms by gardeners. Why are these colorful insects worthy of such admiration? MORE…

Harvester Ants

You’ve seen their sprawling, barren mounds, like little moonscapes in your field or lawn. But what lies beneath harvester ants’ conspicuous mounds? MORE…

Pine Dining

Pine trees are much more than symbols of Christmas and sources of timber. They serve up a smorgasbord for many wild animals and insects. Who dines on pines in the Chihuahuan Desert region? MORE…

Spider Courtship

For a male spider, finding a mate can be fraught with peril. They must win over a giant, short-sighted cannibal. How do they demonstrate they’re mates, not meals? MORE…

Butterfly Gardens

There are over 100 species of beautiful butterfly pollinators in the northern Chihuahaun Desert, and butterflies will fill your garden if you plant the nectar sources they love. MORE…

Evolution of Moths and Butterflies

Which came first: moths or butterflies? And what do bats and ears have to do with butterfly evolution? MORE…

Yuccas and Yucca Moths

Without yucca moths, yuccas wouldn’t exist. And without yuccas, neither would yucca moths. What’s so special about their relationship? MORE…