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Q: I would like information on box elder bugs. I have lived on Joseph Drive for over 15 years. Last year, we were inundated with these bugs. Do they come out every year? It is hard to get rid of … more
Ask beginning stargazers which is the most spectacular meteor shower of the year and I'm sure most will cite the Perseid shower of mid August. Is it really the best, or is their answer the result of … more
SNOWY OWLS ARRIVAL Although a rare winter visitor, the snowy owl does occasionally visit Western Massachusetts, occurring in Pittsfield, for instance, almost always in the center of the city. Arriving … more
Who would have thought of a lionfish on a dinner plate in the 1980s, other than coastal regions of the warm, tropical waters of the South Pacific and Indian oceans, where they are native? My personal … more
WINDSOR — John Dziegiel is a Christmas tree artist.With a long, very sharp shearing knife in hand, the maintenance technician at Notchview Reservation carefully prunes the branches of a fraser … more
As I wrote in an earlier Naturewatch, "waystations" for monarch butterflies and other pollinators fill in necessary gaps, and allow for increased success of species on the edge. One grammar school … more
 Q: While raking leaves, leaves from a neighbor's maple tree have blown into our yard. Most of these leaves have large black patches on them, usually one or two per leaf. We have no maples, so … more
Editor's Note: While garden columnist Ron Kujawski hibernates for the winter, columnist Thomas Christopher will be stepping in for bi-monthly garden advice. The column, which previously ran in … more
Q: Isn't it kind of late to be seeing a monarch butterfly on Oct. 27? I saw one in my yard in Adams on that date.— Laura, AdamsA: I saw one in our backyard that faces the golf course on Crane … more
'Tis the season of home insect invasions!Not all insects die with onset of cold winter, many winter over in leaves, under bark or elsewhere outside. The wooly bear caterpillar, or woolly worm, is the … more
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