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2015-10-05 Entomology (Study of Bugs) - Spider Identification:

Hi Joel,    Thanks for the question and for providing the photographs. From the photos, it looks like a brown widow spider. These have become more common in southern California. You can be sure it is a

2015-10-03 Meteorology (Weather) - Storm Surge Question:

Hi Kim    Typically the winds are lighter on the west side of the storm than on the east. Also, if there were an orographic feature blocking the wind that was blowing from the north. Also, water levels

2015-10-03 Entomology (Study of Bugs) - Bug found in bed but not bed bug:

Dear Mera - This appears to be a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), likely in the genus Anthrenus - see for an example. These insects are cosmopolitan in distribution

2015-10-03 Entomology (Study of Bugs) - What kind of bug is this?:

Hi, Carolyn:    I'm in Colorado, too, and have noticed an explosion of these bugs....and they *are* "true bugs," order Hemiptera.    Near as I can tell, they are "false chinch bugs" in the genus Nysius

2015-10-03 Flags - 50 star american flag:

It is not a collectible, though it is an "official" US government flag. By that I mean its dimensions are those specified in the official description of the flag, a ratio of 1:1.9. (Typical popular flags


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