It’s Asian Lady Beetle-Mania!

They came in droves but no one knows where from. You find them in your homes and cars, scuttling across your windows. They line the sidewalks and entryways of every building.

They’re Asian Lady Beetles, and they’re back.

But it hasn’t always been this way. The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis, was first introduced to California in 1916 by the USDA to help control pecan aphid populations and have since popped up across the country, first sighted in Minnesota in 1994. Though they are often confused with our native ladybug, these beetles are most commonly orange, instead of red, a little bit larger, and have a characteristic “M” shaped marking behind their head.

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If you live in Minnesota, odds are that you are well in the midst of a full autumn invasion of the festively colored Asian Lady Beetles, but why?

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This Rare, Sapphire Tarantula Is An Unbelievable ‘Gem’

Move over ‘spider paws’! The Gooty Sapphire Tarantula’s galactic colors are stunning.

This unexpected beauty from Gooty, a town in Central Southern India, certainly doesn’t have a shortage of names. It’s most commonly referred to as the Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tree Spider.

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The Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tree Spider, aka the Peacock Tarantula, aka the Metallic Tarantula, aka the Salepurg, aka the Peacock Parachute Spider, aka the Gooty Tarantula, aka…I think you get it.

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Ask Devon: What is the purpose of ticks?

I recently hosted the first ever Facebook LIVE Q&A and there were a lot of questions about purpose, like this one: “What is the purpose of ticks?”

The truth is, the concept of a plant or animals purpose isn’t as cut and dry as many would like. This makes sense. People are always trying to determine their purpose, their deeper meaning, and trying to answer age old questions like “What’s the meaning of life?”. When we start looking outward, we start trying to apply that same thought logic, but that’s just not how life really works. This is a topic I will be sure to explore more in-depth in a future podcast episode devoted to this idea of purpose.

That being said, everything plays a role in its ecosystem. Yes, even ticks. So what are those roles? I’ll explain!

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Search with Ecosia, Save the World

27 years ago, Alan Emtage, a student at McGill University in Montreal, developed Archie, the very first search engine. That was just the beginning. Somewhere along the way, a symbiotic relationship developed between these continually developing search engines, advertisers, and users which has blossomed into something like we’ve never seen before. Search engines, marketing, and the lives of every day people have become incredibly interconnected and interdependent, like a virtual ecosystem. This human connection in a virtual context has people looking more and more for their internet experience to connect with them in a way that is both socially and environmentally meaningful and responsible. The internet and our culture are continually evolving. Ecosia is the next link in that chain.

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