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Santa Clarita Outdoor Report, Best Of: Collecting Dust

Santa Clarita Outdoor Report, Best Of: Collecting Dust

Thanksgiving is in two weeks…but for many people… the preparation has already begun. Inviting family & friends, menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking and CLEANING.  At our house, it’s time to do a bit of dusting.  It’s amazing how quickly dust can collect on the furniture. That’s also true for the dust that collects on other living things. Take butterflies, for ...

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Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Hairpencils

Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Hairpencils

This is a “Best of Wendy Langhans” Report. What exactly is a hairpencil?  Is it some sort of stick-shaped hair ornament?  Nope.  Hairpencils are cross between (1) lighting a scented candle and (2) spreading pixie dust with a magic wand.  Let me explain. Entomologists use the word “hairpencil” to describe a brush-like structure on the abdomen of some male butterflies ...

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Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Epic Spider Fake Out

Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report:  Epic Spider Fake Out

As a child, I was attracted to butterflies by their color and patterns:  sometimes subtle, sometimes vibrant, sometimes simple and sometimes intricate.  As I took a closer look, I sometimes noticed that the trailing end of their wings had a piece missing, as though something had taken a bite out of it.  I wasn’t the first person to observe this.  ...

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