I keep hearing about the cicadas that are coming out of the ground after 17-years. What are they and will we have them here? Answered by Ron Patterson – University of Idaho Extension, Bonneville County The famous chattering bugs. If you didn’t know better, you would think you are getting near a rattlesnake. We’re talking…

Do tarantulas eat their exoskeletons after they shed? We took the exoskeleton out of the cage of our classroom tarantula. Was that bad?

Question Asked by 2nd Grade Class in Blackfoot Question answered by Jason Thomas University of Idaho Minnedoka County Extension Educator Though some reptiles will feed on their shed skin, there has been no significant evidence to suggest that tarantulas do this. The key difference is in the digestive system, while lizards like geckos can swallow…

Why are bumblebees hairy?

Question Answered by Cory Braastad, Biological Field Technician, INL ESER Program Bumblebees are large, gentle giants of the bee world. They are actually the largest of the bees. Bumblebees are excellent pollinators. It’s actually the females that do most of the pollinating. Their coats are especially furry. This means their coats easily pick up pollen,…