Stories by Pam Otto
Every once in a while, the nomenclature train derails, and runs wildly off the tracks.
Explore some of the odd turns taxonomists have taken in their quest to provide accurate scientific names for flora and fauna.
Many types of butterflies are out and about right now, visiting a wide variety of flowers that at this time of year includes thistles, asters and goldenrods.
One estimate puts the amount of arthropods on our planet at 85% of Earth’s total animal biomass.
This weekend, keep your eyes open as you walk past tree trunks, fence posts, even garages. You just might spot a little green man of your very own!
When you find yourself with seven orphaned chimney swift babies that you’ve raised from nestling size, you head to downtown Geneva for their release. Mark your calendars for the annual Chimney Swift Sits planned Sept. 10 and 16.
August is back-to-school month, a time when kids of all ages leave home, some for the very first time.
Spider hatchlings need to disperse quickly, making use of silken strands, wind and electrostatic forces in a phenomenon known as ballooning.
Are there any animals more misunderstood than snakes? Let's do some myth-busting.
True to its name, the insect held its two front legs up and clasped together as if in prayer.
A corps of volunteers works to counter the declining numbers of these colorful falcons who are tiny dynamos.
If you’re familiar with the bird – North America’s smallest and prettiest falcon – they’re definitely a reason to sit up and take notice.
Determining the status of our native lady beetle species is one of the first steps toward starting to help them.
Warm summer nights give rise to all sorts of insect activity, and all are irresistible to this nature girl.
This insect’s genus name, Phengodes, can be traced to the Greek word for light – and with good reason.