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Katydid spit on a finger
The seasonal approach of the days of summer means hot nights, baseball games, family vacations, pool parties, and lots of insects. Summer is insect time for sure! These cold-blooded organisms have to "make hay when the sun shines" in order to complete their life cycles before temperatures decline for the year.
Magnolia tree.
Growth of a tree or flower is the result of the weather and the perpetuation of its natural growth cycle. To store sufficient resources for the following year, trees use the winter season as an opportunity to shuttle nutrients to their roots.
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Indoor plants will require more frequent watering and fertilization as they increase their summer growth. Houseplants can be moved outdoors to a shady location, but pay close attention to their watering needs.
Rose plant with all foliage and no blooms
Flowering plants that don't bloom as promised can be a big disappointment in your garden. Reasons for lack of blooming are as diverse as the palette of plants from which to choose, but a little detective work can usually pinpoint the trouble.
Spotted salamander
Awareness of the Eastern Hellbender is growing due to the decline in numbers. Extension specialists receive reports of a "hellbender" that is found in a barn, or on a basement floor, crawling across a driveway, or occasionally in a pond. Here are some resources to help identify these large salamanders.
Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package, 4-books
Learn about reptiles and amphibians with the Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package. The four books share information on each species and includes full-color photos, physical descriptions, list of similar species, and descriptions of important aspects of their ecology and behavior.
Ken Foster, Purdue professor of entomology, uses a hand lens to inspect leaf mites
Exactly when the study of insects became a recognized scientific discipline called entomology is somewhat a matter of speculation. However, humans and insects have shared this earth for eons. Based on evolutionary history, it is clear that those six-legged animals were on earth long before we humans walked upright somewhere in Africa.

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