The Elegant Life Cycle of a Butterfly

From its miraculous metamorphosis to the intricate wing pattern, the butterfly has fascinated people and cultures around the world for millennia. In today’s post, Jaret C. Daniels, author of Vibrant Butterflies, shares with us the life cycle of a butterfly. All butterflies go through a life...

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The Wonderful World of Agates

James Magnuson, author of The Storied Agate, shares with us his love for Lake Superior Agates.  These gems are wonderfully diverse and colorful lovers of light. Over 1 billion years ago, the Lake Superior basin was formed by massive lava flows. Inside the cooling lava, air pockets...

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Butterflies—Favorite Visitors to Flowers and Gardens

Butterflies capture our imaginations. From the miraculous metamorphosis to their intricate wing patterns, these amazing insects inspire feelings of wonder and adoration. Butterflies are among the most charismatic and widely recognizable insects in the world. Their beauty and allure have fascinated people and cultures for millennia. Many are...

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rock Collecting

Dan R. Lynch, author of Rock Collecting for Kids, answers five frequently asked questions about rock collecting. Where to begin? When you want to begin collecting rocks and minerals, there’s a lot to know first. What tools and safety equipment to bring, when to go looking, and how to...

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About Hornets, Wasps, and Yellowjackets

Tom Anderson, author of Things that Bite: The Truth About Critters that Scare People, shares with us truth and myth about hornets, wasps, and yellowjackets. Like honey bees and bumblebees, these thin-waisted stingers live in social colonies made up of workers. Hornets, wasps, and yellowjackets, in particular, are more...

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