How to Identify a Caterpillar

Caterpillars are the youngest forms of butterflies and moths, but they can sometimes look like other insects, such as worms, centipedes, or millipedes. Luckily, you can identify a caterpillar by its physical features, behaviors, colors, and markings. You can even find a particular species of caterpillar if you know what it looks like and where(…)


How to Identify Animal Tracks

The art of studying and identifying animal tracks is a practice that dates back to ancient times when humans relied on hunting and gathering for survival. The practice is used today by hunters, hobbyists, and professionals to monitor animal migration patterns, track endangered species, and better understand local wildlife. Tracks are found in a variety(…)


How to Identify Beetles

There are over 350,000 identified species of beetles![1] This can make it a daunting task to identify a single beetle. However, if you find a beetle in your home or outdoors, you might want to know what kind of beetle you’re looking at. Start by examining the beetle closely to identify its basic features, and(…)


How to Identify a Garden Spider

The common garden spider (Argiope aurantia) is an orb-weaver, which means it spins its web in a spiraling circle. They are non-venomous, beneficial to the local ecosystem, and can be found just about everywhere in North America and Europe. They can resemble other spiders to an untrained eye, so be careful when trying to identify(…)


How to Identify Gold in Quartz

Real gold is a very rare and valuable metal. Because it’s so rare, finding large pieces of gold in nature is unusual. However, you might be able to find smaller pieces of gold inside of rocks like quartz! If you have a piece of quartz and want to tell if there is real gold inside(…)