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Butterfly

Butterfly

Common Name: Butterfly Order/ Suborder: Lepidoptera/ Rhopalocera Size: 0.5-12.0” (13-305 mm) Type of Metamorphosis: Complete Type of Beneficial: Pollinator Geographic Distribution: North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia Butterflies are beautiful,...
Spiny Orb Weaver

Spiny Orb Weaver

Common names: Spiny orb weaver; spiny-backed orbweaver; crab-like orbweaver Scientific Name: Gasteracantha cancriformis Size: 0.06-0.38” (1.5-9.5 mm) Type of Beneficial: Insect predator; prey includes flying insects such as whiteflies, mosquitoes, and wasps Geographic...
Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Common Name: Praying mantis; Carolina mantis Genus/ Species: Stagmomantus carolina Size: 1.89 to 2.36 inches (48-60 mm) Type of Metamorphosis: Immature stages are similar in appearance to the adult stage (i.e., simple metamorphosis) Type of Beneficial: Insect...
An overview of Hydroponics

An overview of Hydroponics

Definition of Hydroponics Hydroponics is actually the science of growing plants without soil. Rather than soil, plants are grown in solutions containing each of the necessary minerals and elements. Methods utilized to get the nutrients to the roots, combined with the...
Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Common Name: Honey Bee Genus / Species: Apis mellifera Size: On average, from 12 to 16 millimeters (about ½ to 5/8 inch for workers. Queens and Drones are longer. Life Cycle: Queens complete development in 15 ½ days, drones in 24 days and workers in 21 days for larvae...
The Gardens of Babylon

The Gardens of Babylon

Many new devices, ideas and civilizations have emerged because, “Necessity is the mother of invention”. The shortage of water and available arable land for planting crops is not a new issue. Throughout history, archaeological evidence shows us that thousands of cities...
Organic Farming vs Hydroponics

Organic Farming vs Hydroponics

“Go organic” has become the battle-cry of thousands of Americans who assume that food items labeled “organic” is automatically a better, healthier product. Is this really true? Both organic farming and hydroponic farming embrace a desire to...
The History of Hydroponics

The History of Hydroponics

Hydroponics basically means working water (“hydro” means “water” and “ponos” means “labor”). Many different civilizations have utilized hydroponic growing techniques throughout history. As noted in Hydroponic Food...
The Neem Tree: A Miracle Plant

The Neem Tree: A Miracle Plant

History Neem is a tropical evergreen tree native to the Indian sub-continent. This tree has a history of growing up to 50 ft. high and has been used for many different purposes for more than 4500 years. The earliest documentation revealed usage of various parts of...
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