The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 28, 2007


How many of us knew that the white-tailed deer's mating season in our area occurs in November and that the Massachusetts deer population has grown from about 1,000 in the early 1900s to an estimated 85,000 in 2004? Or understood that we might want to save a black cherry tree, which has small black fruit that in late August and early September feeds a wide ...more

"You're going straight to that special circle of Hades reserved for bad soccer moms," I muttered to myself as I clicked on "Send." "See that long branch? That's a limb. Hear that buzzing sound? That's a chainsaw, cutting it off behind you." ...more

Among nature's many niches is the protein-rich food source of an animal carcass. Crows, raccoons and turkey vultures are well-known as scavengers but insects, too, compete for carrion and help keep the neighborhood clean. Several species of flies and beetles have evolved to take advantage of this niche. Burying beetles have developed an unusual strategy to ...more

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito