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A Praying Mantis egg case, which resembles brown Styrofoam, is filled with up to a hundred eggs that hatch out in late spring--or surprisingly sooner if brought indoors. Leave it in the garden, lest mantids take over your house!

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The Carolina Anole (Anolis carolinensis) is bright green when warm or aroused, grayish-brown when cool or inactive. Males have a bright red dewlap (throat pouch) they use to attract females and establish territories.

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For part of the year, the fruiting body of Cedar-Apple Rust (Gymnosporangium spp.) hangs as a hard brown gall on a twig of Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana). Then, when weather turns warm and wet, dozens of fleshy, finger-like projections burst forth, scattering spores that produce brown spot disease on the fruits of apple trees (Malus spp.). The rust requires both hosts to complete its life cycle.

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