The origin of tomatoes
By: Stuart Williams
The Tomato: Botanists claim it's a fruit, horticulturalists say it's a vegetable. Even the U.S. Supreme Court joined the debate in 1893 by ruling the tomato is a vegetable – at least for customs purposes. Whether you think it's a fruit or a vegetable...
By: Joann Spears
Tomatoes are most closely associated with Italian cuisine, but the tomato itself did not originate in Italy. The story of its voyage from America to Europe, and back across the Atlantic to America, is so full of intrigue, adventure, and mystery that it could well...
Types of jellyfish
By: Marie Milton
Portuguese Man-Of-War The Portuguese man-of-war is a creature that prefers the warmer waters of the open Atlantic. However, it can happen to be driven inshore by strong oceanic winds, which is why it is seen along the North Atlantic coasts of the Americas, Europe and...
By: R. Renee Bembry
The trichoptera insect order consists of numerous species of moth-like insects called caddisflies that grow to be less than one inch long. Caddisflies get their nickname from their body-shielding case-making habit. The insects have two sets of hairy wings, aquatic larvae, and pupate within silky...
The characteristics of the insect order Siphonaptera
By: R. Renee Bembry
The siphonaptera insect order consists of several species of fleas that suck blood from mammals and birds. The insects tend to be selective about which mammals or birds to make their hosts. Some people call them carnivore fleas. In classifying insect orders, siphonaptera species belong...
By: Amelia Emery
The insect order Diptera consists of the insects commonly known as true flies, mosquitoes, midges and gnats. This order is made up of 130 families that contain over 98,000 species. Although it is not the largest order of insects, Diptera is definitely the most...
By: Amelia Emery
The insect order Lepidoptera is the second largest order of insects and consists of butterflies and moths. There are 135 families that contain over 110,000 species. Found world-wide, butterflies and moths are some of the most beautiful representatives of the insect world. Both moths...
By: M E Skeel
Siphonaptera are a small order of highly specialised insects known as fleas. There are over 2000 species of fleas worldwide, most of which are ectoparasites of mammals, with about 100 species found on birds. The scientific name, Siphonaptera, refers to the tube (siphon) that is...
By: Daisy Sue
Fleas are tiny, flat, dark, reddish brown insects measuring an average of 1/16 to 1/8-inch (1.5 to 3.3 mm) long. They have no wings but get from one place to another by jumping. They are well known for their ability to leap. Fleas...
By: Joann Spears
The charming Queen Anne’s lace is a commonly seen roadside wildflower, but there is nothing commonplace about this herbaceous biennial. It has an interesting history as a food plant and medicinal herb, and is useful as a cut flower and companion plant. Botany Queen...

 

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