HELICONIUS AND THE PASSION FLOWER

HELICONIUS AND THE PASSION FLOWER

Butterflies of the genus Heliconius only lay their eggs on the tropical vine, the Passiflora, which is the passion-flower plant. The vine has features which appear to mimic the distinctive bright yellow eggs of the butterfly. Each species of this butterfly lays its...
AMAZING SEEDS 

AMAZING SEEDS 

AMAZING SEEDS  Plants pour out seeds. A single plant of red clover only a few inches tall turns out 500 copies of itself. The weedy crabgrass makes 90,000 seeds on each plant. Pigweed produces a million seeds per plant. One orchid was estimated to grow 3,770,000 seeds...
AMAZING PLANT FACTS 

AMAZING PLANT FACTS 

AMAZING PLANT FACTS The yellow evening primrose opens only at dusk, and so swiftly that it can be seen and heard. The buds sound like popping soap bubbles as they burst. Seeds of the African baobab tree sprout more easily if they are first eaten by a baboon and passed...
YUCCA AND MOTH

YUCCA AND MOTH

YUCCA AND MOTH Without the tiny white Pronuba moth, the large Yucca plant would die. This desert plant appears like a cluster of sharp swords pointing out in all directions. Out of its center arises the stalk of a bright, beautiful flower that looks something like a...
INTERESTING 17-YEAR CICADA FACTS

INTERESTING 17-YEAR CICADA FACTS

People call these cicadas “locusts” but they are not true locusts — real locusts look like grasshoppers. The phrase “17 year cicada” indicates that they arrive every 17 years. The name “periodical cicadas” indicates that they arrive periodically and not each and every...
THE MAGIC OF SOIL

THE MAGIC OF SOIL

The ground beneath your feet has a lot more mysteries and marvels to it than you might think. There is a thick layer of granite beneath all the continents. This granite gives rigidity to the continental masses, and is the foundation upon which rests the sedimentary...