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2011-03-02 07:52:00

Dixie Hummingbirds Fall Victim To Imposters DEPTFORD, N.J., March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Legendary Dixie Hummingbirds are currently promoted to perform in Macon, GA on March 5th, 2011. The event is the 39th Anniversary Celebration of Rev. Eddie D.

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2011-02-27 05:55:00

Matt Keennon, a project manager for AeroVironment, demonstrated a tiny spy plane with flapping wings like a hummingbird on Friday at the company's Simi Valley headquarters.

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2011-01-22 09:05:33

Pollinators interact with their landscapes to affect the genetic structure of 3 Penstemon species in the Great Basin.

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2010-11-22 08:29:09

Hummingbirds rank among the world's largest and most accomplished hovering animals, but how do they manage it in gusty winds?

2010-05-24 07:35:00

MISSOULA, Mont., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- "Each and every person who sees this film, falls in love with it!" the judges said. Receiving a standing ovation by 900 schoolchildren, "wow" was heard throughout the historic Wilma Theater in the heart of downtown Missoula, Montana.

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2010-04-07 10:09:57

When it comes to attracting a mate, flowers and sweets often do the trick—even for one of the world's smallest birds—the purple throated carib, a hummingbird species native to the mountainous islands of the Eastern Caribbean.

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2010-01-21 15:14:31

Messenger molecule in oral secretions of herbivorous insects changes flower opening time of their host plants: Hummingbirds take over role as pollinators from moths.

2009-07-09 12:54:13

University of California-Santa Barbara scientists say they have identified the genes that are responsible for changing a flower's colors. Professor Scott Hodges and graduate student Nathan Derieg said they studied red columbines pollinated by hummingbirds and white or yellow columbines pollinated by hawkmoths to document the evolution of such flowers in North America. They said their research indicates a color shift from red to white or yellow has occurred five times in that region. What is...

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2009-06-29 14:10:00

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have zeroed in on the genes responsible for changing flower color, an area of research that began with Gregor Mendel's studies of the garden pea in the 1850's.

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2009-06-11 13:55:00

The twirling seeds of maple trees spin like miniature helicopters as they fall to the ground.


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2009-06-17 12:18:47

Zauschneria (Epilobium canum) is a perennial species of willowherb native to the dry slopes of western North America. It grows best in well-drained soil exposed to full sun, yet protected from wind and requires little watering. Once having many subspecies, this plant now has only three recognized subspecies. The plant is named after Johann Baptista Josef Zauschner (1737-1799), a professor of medicine and botany in Prague. This plant grows to nearly 24 inches tall. Native populations...

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2009-01-20 21:24:50

The Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae) is a species of hummingbird, and the smallest of all birds, being only 2 inches long and weighing 1.8 grams (0.06 oz). It is found in Cuba where it is called the Zunzuncito. It is also found on the Isle of Youth. The male has a fiery green throat, iridescent gorget with elongated lateral plumes, bluish upper-parts, and the rest of the underparts mostly grayish white. The female is green above, whitish below with white tips to the outer tail...

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2008-08-13 17:24:58

The Collared Sunbird (Hedydipna collaris), formerly placed in the genus Nectarinia, is part of a group of very small Old World passerine birds. The Collared Sunbird is a common breeder across most of sub-Saharan Africa. It is mainly found in forests near water. It is a seasonal migrant within its range. Collared Sunbirds are tiny, only 3.5 to 4 inches long. They have short thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to nectar feeding. The adult male has glossy...

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2005-09-07 20:42:22

The Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) is a species of hawk moth with a long proboscis. It is capable of hovering in place, as well as making an audible humming noise. These two features make it look remarkably like a hummingbird when it feeds on flowers. The forewings are brown and the hindwings are orange. The wingspan is 50-58 mm. Adults may be encountered at any time of the year, especially in the south of the range and two or more broods are produced each year. They fly...

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2005-07-14 00:56:38

Hawk moths (or Sphinx moths) are moths in the family Sphingidae. They are some of the fastest flying insects, capable of flying at over 30 miles per hour (50 km/h). They have a wingspan of 35-150 millimeters. Some hawk moths, like the hummingbird hawk moth, hover in midair while they feed on nectar from flowers and are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds, even in continents where hummingbirds are not found. The larvae of most species of hawk moth have a "horn" at the posterior end. Because...

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