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Honey Bee

  • The Honey Bee is alluded to in the Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform writings, the
    Hittite code, the sacred writings of India, the Vedas and in the ancient writings of Egypt.

  • The Honey Bee cannot talk; instead its language is one of vibration and aromas.

  • The Queen may lay 600-800 or even 1,500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year
    lifetime!

  • The Honey Bee can fly at speeds of 15 miles per hour.

  • The Honey Bee has a large colony and it can grow from 20,000 to 80,000 individuals.

  • The Bee colony maintains a temperature of 92-93 degrees Fahrenheit in its home
    regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or -40 degrees!

  • The Bee only lives for about 4 weeks in the spring or summer but it can live up to 6
    weeks during the winter.

  • The Honey Bee’s scientific name is Apis Mellifera.

  • The Honey Bee belongs to the third largest insect order which also includes wasps and
    ants.

  • The Honey Bee loves flowers.  Sometimes a worker will fly one or two miles away from
    its hive to get a flower!

(from PPv#8, issue#2)
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Toads

•The American toad digs a hole for himself with his spurred hind feet, then hides in it and waits for an
insect to walk along.  

•His quick reflexes allow him to stick out his tongue and catch an insect as it walks by.

•It has been estimated that an American toad can eat 3,000 insects in one month and up to 10,000 in
three months.  

•The American toad comes in a variety of colors, but is most commonly brown.  

•There are dark blotches on the toad’s body.  On these botches are warts.  (Contrary to the old wife's
tale, they do not spread onto you if you touch them)

•These warts are actually glands that produce a fowl tasting liquid that helps to protect them from
predators.

•In the spring the female toad lays thousands of eggs in tubes that form a string in the water.  

•The eggs hatch in 3 - 12 days into tadpoles.

•Once they reach maturity, they hop out and live on dry land.

•The American toad is a medium sized toad that grows to about 2 - 3 1/2 inches long.  

•They produce a toxin in the parotoid gland behind the eyes which is only harmful if ingested or rubbed
into the eyes.  

•Garter snakes are not harmed by this poison so instead the toad puffs itself full of air to make it look too
big for the snake to swallow.  


(from PPv #10, issue#3)
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