Hibernating Butterflies

Hibernating Butterflies

Some species of butterflies hibernate in logs or underneath loose bark on trees and spend the entire winter here. Illinois species, such as Mourning Cloaks, even overwinter as adults. They can sometimes be seen during warm spells in January or...
Buckthorn Invasion

Buckthorn Invasion

It is estimated that invasive European buckthorn makes up 36% of the172 million trees in the seven county Chicago area . The those trees. November is a great time to identify and remove these invaders, since diversity is a critical part of maintaining a healthy...
Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel can be seen on the Green Bay Trail in Glencoe. Its branches were once used to search and find underground sources of water and minerals.
All-Seeing

All-Seeing

Monarch caterpillars rule all the realm they can see. And they can see a lot, because they have 12 eyes! On each side of their head, they have 6 tiny eyelets, called stemmata, arranged in a semi-circle.
Divorce Isn’t Optional

Divorce Isn’t Optional

A female praying mantis makes a bad spouse. They behead and eat their husbands as part of their mating ritual.

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