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Nancy, Junie Moon, and I spent a day in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. I used my macro lens for this special photo of what might be the last thing that an insect ever sees. What is it? Hint: Notice the green color of the light coming through the sides, and remember that this was taken in a swamp.

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This is a Pitcher Plant. The leaves form long, hollow tubes, that bend over at the top to form insect traps. Why do the insects go in, and why does the plant want the insects to go in?

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I photographed this unusual tree in a park in Jacksonville, Florida. The orange things are ripe fruit, and the green ones are .....green fruit. What is this tree, and why is considered to be an undesirable, invasive species?

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A group of scientists that have no interest in wasps still seek out these wasps. Who are they, and why do they hunt for wasps that don't interest them?

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If you live in the Southeastern US, you probably recognize this harmless looking pile of sand as a Fire Ant nest. Any disturbance causes them to rush out for the attack, biting and stinging. Still, they do something that almost makes them worth having around. What is it?

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Our dog, Junie Moon, found this amazing creature on our walk after a hard rain. What is it?

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