Humming Bird Gardens

We have gathered some strange butterfly facts to share with you. Amaze your friends! Enjoy!


Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.

Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.

Some people say that when the black bands on the Woolybear caterpillar are wide, a cold winter is coming.

The top butterfly flight speed is 12 miles per hour. Some moths can fly 25 miles per hour.

 


 

 

Monarch butterflies journey from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of about 2,000 miles, and return to the north again in the spring.

Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.

Representations of butterflies are seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years old.

 


 

Antarctica is the only continent on which no Lepidoptera have been found.

There are about 24,000 species of butterflies. The moths are even more numerous: about 140,000 species of them were counted all over the world.

The Brimstone butterfly (Gonepterix rhamni) has the longest lifetime of the adult butterflies: 9-10 months. 

 

Some Case Moth caterpillars (Psychidae) build a case around themselves that they always carry with them. It is made of silk and pieces of plants or soil.

The caterpillars of some Snout Moths (Pyralididae) live in or on water-plants.


 


 

The females of some moth species lack wings, all they can do to move is crawl.

The Morgan's Sphinx Moth from Madagascar has a proboscis (tube mouth) that is 12 to 14 inches long to get the nectar from the bottom of a 12 inch deep orchid discovered by Charles Darwin.

Some moths never eat anything as adults because they don't have mouths. They must live on the energy they stored as caterpillars.   


 

Many butterflies can taste with their feet to find out whether the leaf they sit on is good to lay eggs on to be their caterpillars' food or not.

There are more types of insects in one tropical rain forest tree than there are in the entire state of Vermont.

In 1958 Entomologist W.G. Bruce published a list of Arthropod references in the Bible.

The most frequently named bugs from the Bible are:

Locust: 24,

Moth: 11,

Grasshopper: 10,

Scorpion: 10,

Caterpillar: 9, and

Bee: 4.

People eat insects – called "Entomophagy"(people eating bugs) – it has been practiced for centuries throughout Africa, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and North, Central and South America.

Why?

Because many bugs are both protein-rich and good sources of vitamins, minerals and fats.

YOU can eat bugs! Try the "Eat-A-Bug Cookbook" by David George Gordon , 10 Speed Press. Don’t want to cook them yourself? Go to HotLix for all sorts of insect goodies! My favorites are "Cricket-lickit’s" – a flavored sucker with a real edible cricket inside.

Many insects can carry 50 times their own body weight.

This would be like an adult person lifting two heavy cars full of people.

There are over a million described species of insects. Some people estimate there are actually between 15 and 30 million species.

Most insects are beneficial to people because they eat other insects, pollinate crops, are food for other animals, make products we use (like honey and silk) or have medical uses.

Butterflies and insects have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, called the exoskeleton. This protects the insect and keeps water inside their bodies so they don’t dry out.

 

Our Den describes some very interesting and important things

Gardens

Gardens are great for food, fun and learning!

A gardenless yard is a blank canvas, in my eyes. We all have an idea of what the perfect garden should look like.
 
Some envision a perennial garden filled with roses, for some, it may be an edible garden, and others, a container garden for the patio filled with lovely flowers.

 

To help you make your dream garden a reality, there are some tips and tricks that master gardeners have shared to help your garden grow.

To begin, one of the most important tips is to understand how much sunlight your garden area will receive. Some plants prefer light shade, and some prefer full sun; and, depending on the season the sun can move to another area of the yard.

As well, every gardener should have a garden plan. Know where you want the plants to be planted before they go into the ground.

For example, if plants are vining varieties, make sure you have given them plenty of room so they do not overtake parts of the garden where other plants are growing.

10 Tips To Help You Grow Your Dream Garden

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt to the planting hole and cover with a thin layer of soil and plant. Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfur which are both important to plant growth. Moreover, once the young plant roots reach the Epsom salt added to the planting hole, it will help improve flower blooming and enhances a plant’s green color and can even help plants grow bushier. Alternately, Epsom salt can be added prior to planting. Simply soak root balls in 1/2 cup of Epsom salt diluted in one gallon of water.
  2. Naturally get rid of insects on your plants by making a garlic-hot chili foliage spray. Because insects do not like the smell of pungent leaves, the chili pepper spray will repel them. For a basic chili pepper spray, add 1½ teaspoons of chili powder, 1 chopped garlic head, 2 drops of liquid dish soap to 1 quart of hot water. Allow mixture to sit for 30 minutes, or until cool. Drain mixture and add to a spray bottle. Test the mixture on a few leaves to ensure the foliar spray does not burn the plant. If the leaves do not turn yellow or are affected, then spray the plant.
  3. Make a natural version of Miracle Grow. In a large mason jar, add 6 crushed eggshells, used coffee grounds, a banana peel and fill it with water. Place the mixture in an area not exposed to sunlight and shake daily for a week. Strain the mixture and feed your plants with it. This provides a natural fertilizer for the plants without all of the nasty chemicals.
  4. If you are planting in small pots, place a coffee filter in the bottom to prevent soil from draining out the holes.
  5. Make your own seed tape –
  6. Insulate tomatoes from end-of-the-season cold snaps with plastic wrap. Wrap tomato cages in a layer of plastic wrap around the sides and top. This will protect young tomatoes from cold weather but still allow for air circulation.
  7. Use a wad of shipping tape to remove aphids from tender leaves.
  8. Mulch your plants with several inches deep with organic matter to suppress weeds and maintain good water retention.
  9. Do you have to head out of town and have no one to water your container garden? If you have a kiddie pool, set the plants inside the pool filled with water. This could keep your plants watered for up to a week!
  10. Common baking soda can help reduce powdery mildew on plants. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to one gallon of water and water affected plants.