By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
When raising butterflies at home, some important things to remember are that butterflies need an undisturbed place to go through their growth cycle. Once they have gone through those stages, they only live about a month longer. The stages include egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult...
Plant profile: Umbrella Palm
By: Lane Olinghouse
Somehow two species of palm, neither looking anything like the other, acquired the appellation Umbrella. One needs to ferret out the Latin or botanical name for each of these palms to begin the differentiation process. The Umbrella Palm tree, botanists have named Hedyscepe canterburyana; the...
Plant family: Apocynaceae
By: Kimberly Napier
The Apocynaceae family is also known as the dogbane family. It was names after the American dogbane or Apocynum cannabinum. This group of plants include over 2000 tropical and subtropical plants, including lianas, herbs, shrubs, and trees. Many popular ornamental plants are part of this...
Social behaviors of the marine otter
By: Kimberly Napier
There is much to learn about the marine otter’s behavior. Tagged animals have been tracked over time, so some of how and why they behave the way they do is beginning to be understood. It is important to understand that each marine otter has...
By: J. Lang Wood
Polar bears are members of the family Ursidae, which includes all types of bears. Polar bears inhabit Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of the world, and they are the only bears that swim. This ability affords them access to the great wealth of Arctic sea life...
By: Janet Grischy
Tulip poplars, Liriodenron tulipifera, and tulip magnolias, Magnolia soulangeana and similar cultivars, are members of the magnoliaceae family. Neither tree is at its best when crowded, nor are some of the cultivars tidy trees. Nevertheless, many gardeners find their ethereal beauty worth the trouble. Tulip...
Diet and feeding habits of the marine otter
By: Blaise Pascal
The marine otter is a member of the weasel family that inhabits areas along the western coasts and shorelines of South America. This type of otter should not be confused with the better known sea otter which only lives in North America. While less is...
By: Brynn Bowery
Polar bears are essentially solitary as it pertains to their social skillset. There are two social forms relative to the mammal's inherent nature. Social unit number one: The first social unit is comprised of a) natural attraction between the male and female polar bear. Second...
By: Nancy Hayden
Ursidae is a small family of large carnivores that are found worldwide, except for in Antarctica and Australia. Just eight species in five Genera belong to the family Ursidae, including some of the largest land carnivores on the planet. People most commonly knows bears as...
By: Annie Haycock
The name Mustelidae derives from the Latin word for weasel, but this diverse family of carnivores also includes otters, badgers and wolverines (gluttons). In all, there are generally considered to be 57 species in 8 genera – but through the use of genetic coding, this...

 

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