Hear an electric buzzing alien shriek on the summer prairie? That’s the mating call of a Colorado cicada, the cactus dodger.
The first insect most kids learn about is the honey bee which is actually the introduced species, Eurasian Honey Bee (Apis mellifera). Mellifera is Latin for honey-bearing. Eurasian Honey Bees were imported by settlers to the U.S. in the 1600s. This species is now found all over the world except for in the high arctic, Antarctica, and the Sahara Desert.
Over the last few years, Chico Basin Ranch has partnered with the Mile High Bug Club (Pikes Peak Region chapter) to make a casual assessment of the diversity of insects, arachnids, and other invertebrates that live on the 87,000 acre property. The ongoing results point to a healthy, stable prairie ecosystem which is due in large part to the size of the ranch.
Although many other organisms besides bees are good at pollinating plants, bees are the only species that carry pollen from […]
Our friends at Mile High Bug Club in Colorado Springs invite you to join them in a quest for beautiful […]
Because of the dense hair on their bodies, these insects are called velvet ants and in some rural areas they […]
There is another, hidden side of the Chico Basin Ranch that you have to get down on your knees to see.
“Leave me alone, I might be poisonous to eat.”
Twelve people joined Saturday’s grasshopper field trip sponsored by Chico Basin Ranch and the Mile High Bug Club. Participants were […]
The majority of the over 10,000 bird species on planet Earth feed their young insects. The flush of insects in […]