Author Tara Allison

Insects House fly standing on a green leaf.

Flies have a notorious reputation, but most are helpful pollinators of crops and flowers, and recyclers of plant, animal matter into organic nutrients.

Reptiles Red-sided Garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis.

When we can set aside our fears, we find that snakes are fascinating animals that deserve respect as beneficial predators of rodents, and other pests.

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