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July 6, 2016

When An Ant Is Not An Ant

Chico’s 87,000 acres is a natural laboratory.  Everyone hears coyotes and sees pronghorns and hears and sees birds, but it is the insects that are amazingly diverse here. Velvet ants are mostly nocturnal and they aren’t even ants; they’re wasps. Some are commonly seen in the daytime and this one even visited a Penstemon flower in the dry wash that is Black Squirrel Creek.  This is a female, no wings like the males have and if you look closely you

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June 24, 2016

Its Time to Look for Odes

The order, Odonata, includes only dragonflies and damselflies and 60 species have been recorded in Pueblo County, with the majority of them detected on the Chico.  With its numerous springs and lakes with surrounding vegetation, these Chico habitats are perfect for odes, short for Odonata and meaning “toothed ones” because of their serrated jaws.  Dragonflies and damselflies do two things, eat, especially as larvae where they are often abundant in the water, and mate. As adults, damselflies only live about

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