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Gull-billed Tern
2006-02-22 10:25:49

The Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica or Gelochelidon nilotica) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. It breeds in warmer parts of the world. It can be found in southern Europe (and a very small isolated population in northern Germany and Denmark), temperate and eastern Asia, both coasts of North America, eastern South America and Australia. This bird has a number of geographical races,...

Oriental Darter
2006-02-21 20:14:57

The Oriental Darter or Indian Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) - sometimes called Snakebird - is a water bird found in tropical southern Asia and Indonesia. It is a cormorant-like species that has a very long neck. It often swims with only the neck above water. It is a fish-eater. The Indian Darter differs in appearance from the African and American darters, most recognizably by its white...

White Pelican
2006-02-21 16:56:47

The White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) is a bird in the pelican family. This rather large pelican measures on average 160 cm in length and has a wingspan of 280 cm. The White Pelican is known to breed across southeastern Europe through Asia. Suitable nesting locations include swamps and shallow lakes where they build crude nests of vegetation in a tree. This bird differs from the...

Greater Flamingo
2006-02-20 13:48:18

The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is the most prevalent species of the Flamingo family. It is found in parts of Africa, southwest Asia (including Turkey), southern Asia (coastal regions of India) and southern Europe (including Spain and the Camargue region of France). Some populations are even short distance migrants. This rather large species averages 120 to 140 cm tall and is...

Honeybee
2005-09-08 09:11:58

The honeybee is a colonial insect that is often maintained, fed, and transported by farmers. Honeybees are a subset of bees which fall into the Order Hymenoptera and Suborder Apocrita. Of the approximately 20,000 known species of bees, four are considered honeybees: Apis florea, Apis dorsata, Apis cerana, and Apis mellifera (Western honeybee). It is thought that they have been domesticated at...

Peacock butterfly
2005-08-25 09:01:07

The Peacock (Inachis io) is a well-known colorful butterfly found in temperate Europe and Asia. The species is resident in much of its range, often wintering in buildings or trees. It therefore often appears quite early in spring. This butterfly measures about 2 in (5 cm) from wingtip to wingtip and is easily identified by its striking eye pattern on a ruddy background, although with wings...

Red Admiral
2005-08-25 08:19:43

The Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta is a well-known colorful butterfly found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates in spring, and sometimes again in autumn. This large butterfly is identified by its striking dark brown, red and black wing pattern. The caterpillars feed on nettles, the adults on flowering plants like the Buddleia...

Hydrangea
2005-07-12 14:38:04

Hydrangea (Hydrangea) is a genus of roughly 100 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia (from Japan to China, the Himalaya and Indonesia) and North and South America. Most are shrubs 1-3 m tall, but some are small trees, and others vines reaching up to 30 m by climbing up trees. They can be either deciduous or evergreen, though the widely cultivated temperate species are...

Phlox
2005-07-12 10:39:32

Phlox is a genus of perennial flower that blooms in early spring. They are native mainly to temperate North America, with a few species in eastern Asia. Phlox species are very sensitive to drought and require plenty of moisture. Phlox range in color from pale blue to bright red to white. Some species such as Smooth Phlox (Phlox glaberrima) grow to 1.5 m tall, while others, such as Creeping...

Tiger lily Lilium lancifolium
2005-06-23 11:13:55

The Tiger lily (Lilium lancifolium or Tigerlily) is a large and spectacular flower which is also cultivated in Asia for its edible bulb. Like other true lilies, the flowers are borne on an erect stem with linear leaves. The American 'red lily' or 'wild lily' (Lilium philadelphicum) is also sometimes known as the 'tiger lily' because of its black spotted flowers. This lily also has an...

Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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