The Question: Our backyard in Ohio, like everyone else’s, is currently dry as dust with no standing water. Yet we are infested with mosquitoes! They are black, with a white pattern on the wings (or at least that’s what they seem to look like before they’re smashed). What are these little suckers, and WHY are they chomping the heck out of us when it’s so dry? How can we make them go away? (Editor’s note: this question was submitted in mid-August, 2010.)
The Question: I live in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. We have a few natural ponds here and I found this eel-like species. I’ve seen people here keep it in aquariums. But the people here don’t know it’s scientific name or English name. The reason I think it’s not an eel is because it has no fins in the front or on its tail. I’d like to know what it is.
The Question: I am sending a picture of what I believe is a Coopers Hawk. We live in Caning, Nova Scotia and I do know it is very rare to have one around here, so if there is any way of letting us know if this is a Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharped-shinned Hawk.
The Question: As I worked in the garden, an earthworm came wriggling toward me, followed by a toad. When the worm changed course, the toad followed, looking as if it wanted to bite the worm. Do toads eat worms?