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The State of Virginia is now willing to pay for you to take up beekeeping. The Virginia General Assembly created...

The State of Virginia is now willing to pay for you to take up beekeeping. The Virginia General Assembly created...

BAD: Carpenter Ants  Iowa State Entomology

BAD: Carpenter Ants Iowa State Entomology

Red velvet ant or "cow killer," Dasymutilla occidentalis (Linnaeus). Actually a type of beneficial wasp, not ant. They can get quite large - about the size of a normal wasp. Though they are beautiful to behold and non-aggressive, when disturbed, the females will sting. I've been stung by one, and it was the most painful sting I've ever experienced. Males have black wings and don't sting. If you see one in your garden, just leave it alone (and remember to wear shoes outside).

Red velvet ant or "cow killer," Dasymutilla occidentalis (Linnaeus). Actually a type of beneficial wasp, not ant. They can get quite large - about the size of a normal wasp. Though they are beautiful to behold and non-aggressive, when disturbed, the females will sting. I've been stung by one, and it was the most painful sting I've ever experienced. Males have black wings and don't sting. If you see one in your garden, just leave it alone (and remember to wear shoes outside).

Lady bugs are good for the garden! They're voracious aphid eaters. So, make sure to leave all life stages in the garden (eggs, lavae, pupae and adults)

Lady bugs are good for the garden! They're voracious aphid eaters. So, make sure to leave all life stages in the garden (eggs, lavae, pupae and adults)

Common in home gardens throughout the United States, the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) is such a serious pest that they are often just called “potato bugs.”

Potato Beetle Control

Common in home gardens throughout the United States, the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) is such a serious pest that they are often just called “potato bugs.”

The probiotic food market has reached $30 billion. But are you getting what you pay for?

The Truth About Probiotics

The probiotic food market has reached $30 billion. But are you getting what you pay for?

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