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How many bees are there in a hive?

April 7, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

Authorities differ widely on the number of honeybees comprising a hive or colony. It has been estimated that a swarm of bees when it leaves the mother hive constitutes from one thousand to six thousand bees. A colony of bees has its maximum population during the time of storing surplus honey. Then a good colony, …

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Do bees know their master?

April 2, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

Entomologists hold that there is nothing to the common notion that honeybees recognize the beekeeper and distinguish him from other individuals. Although some of the bees hatched late in the fall survive the winter, the average life of a worker during the active honey season is only about six weeks, two of which are spent …

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What are minnows?

March 24, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

Minnow, often corrupted into minnie, is popularly applied in the United States to any small fish irrespective of species. In British usage the term is applied only to a particular species, the smallest common food fish of the British Isles. American scientists restrict the term to a certain species of small fish belonging to the …

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What makes the jumping bean jump?

March 13, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

Mexican jumping bean, jumping bean and broncho bean are popular names given to the separate cells of the seed pods of several varieties of swamp shrubs native to northern Mexico and southwestern United States. These shrubs belong to Euphorbiaceae, or spurge family. When the shrub is in bloom or shortly thereafter a bean moth (Carpocarpsa …

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Do snakes live in Ireland?

March 4, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

There are no native snakes in Ireland. The viviparous lizard is the only reptile found native on the Emerald Isle. Occasionally snakes are brought into Ireland or escape from packages of imported foodstuffs. A few years ago a small harmless snake less than two feet in length was found in Dublin. It attracted so much …

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Do earthworms turn into lightning bugs?

February 24, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

That earthworms turn into lightning bugs or fireflies is a common myth in some sections of the United States. No doubt this curious belief arose from the fact that the lightning bug or firefly is a species of beetle that passes through a larva stage. Adults, larvae and eggs are all luminous. observation of the …

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If an earthworm is cut in two will the parts survive?

February 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

The power of earthworms to regenerate missing parts, though remarkable, is often exaggerated. For instance, it is repeatedly stated that a tail may grow a new head and a head may grow a new tail. That statement is only partially true. If an angleworm is cut in two near the middle the front half will …

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How long do elephants live?

February 17, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

It is difficult to obtain accurate information as to the extreme age reached by elephants in the wild state. There is no positive evidence that an elephant has ever lived more than seventy or seventy-five years either in captivity or the wild state, although it is supposed that occa¬≠sionally one may live to an age …

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What is the Grand Bank?

February 13, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

The Grand Bank is a great shoal in the Atlantic Ocean lying about one hundred miles off the southeast coast of Newfoundland and famous throughout the world as a fishing ground. Bank in this connection means an undersea elevation that produces a shoal, shelf or shallow. The Grand Bank is also variously called Grand Banks, …

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Is a zebra a light animal with dark stripes or a dark animal with light stripes?

February 9, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

The ground color of the body of a zebra is a pale, yellowish brown and the stripes are black or dark brown. When the zebra and the ass are crossed the light tan predominates as the basic body color in the offspring. Therefore, in reply to this proverbial question, it may be said that the …

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