By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
Black pepper (Piper nigram) is a tropical vine that grows much like grapes. Its native home is Sri Lanka, South India and Burma. People around the world now grow this plant. The stems root easily and spread out. People know the dried fruit as peppercorn...
By: Carolyn Tytler
Spiders are not insects. They belong to the Arachnid family. There are more than 30,000 species of spiders. They have two main body parts: The cephalothorax, which is a fused head and thorax, and an abdomen. They have eight legs and up to eight...
By: Diana Ketchen
If you've asked yourself "what are parasites", you're not alone. Most people do not know what they are or how they can contract them. Human parasites live off a host, be it human or animal. They are very common but often missed when a physician...
By: Daley Schimmelpfennig
What if the most important aspects of life were taken away? For example, imagine two ordinary human beings that are exactly alike at the beginning. One will grow up and have all of the rights and privileges a human gets in life. The other human...
By: Jonte Rhodes
If you were to ask most people what mosquitoes were good for you might not get much more then a strange look as is you had only landed on planet earth a few moments ago. However what most people don't realize is that mosquitoes form...
How bees communicate with one another
By: Amber-Marie Richardson
Did you know that bees are the only animal, apart from humans, which are known to share complex symbolic communication? To date, much scientific research has been carried out on social colonies of bees, including honey and stingless varieties of bees, in order to better...
By: Ian Farquharson
There is a breathtaking diversity of animals on Planet Earth and while many species have been identified, there are still a great number that remain undiscovered. Scientific exploration in some of the remoter regions of the world discovers a number of new animal species each...
Plant profiles: Trailing arbutus
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
The Trailing Arbutus is a shrub that is a member of the Ericaceae family. The scientific classification is Epigaea repens. It grows low on the ground and spreads quickly. The native range for the Trailing Arbutus is from Newfoundland to Florida, the Northwest Territories and...
Plant profiles: Showy lady's slipper
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
The Showy Lady's slipper is sometimes known as the Queen's Lady's slipper or the Pink and White Lady's slipper. The scientific classification is Cypripedium reginae. The Lady's slipper orchid is native to northern North America. This orchid is very rare and probably always has been...
Plant profiles: Oconee bells
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
Oconee bells are a rare plant that lives in the Southern Applachians. It is a member of the family Dispensiaceae. The scientific classification for this plant is Shortia galacifolia. It is sometimes called Acony Bell or The Lost Shortia. An American botanist, Asa Gray would...

 

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