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Invisible Friends

Text and photographs by Emile Fiesler Gardeners encounter numerous animals that enjoy feeding on the plants in their gardens.  These animals are typically labeled “pests.” There are other animals that prey on these pests, and these are typically labeled “beneficial.” …

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Along the Path: A Young Person’s Guide to Exploring Nature

The Bladderpod and Its House Guest By Susan Deo The first time I saw a bladderpod (Peritoma arborea) and its house guest, the harlequin bug (Murgantia histrionica) I was intrigued. Honestly? You almost always find harlequin bugs on these plants?…

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Why Are Our Trees Dying?

By Emile Fiesler, environmental consultant Southern California has a new challenge: a new species of fungus. The fungus was unknown to science until 2013, when it was described and given the scientific name Fusarium euwallacea and common name fusarium dieback….

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