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Why is Rudolp's nose red?

Sergeant Gray

Sergeant Gray

Genus: Cyclocephala
Species: Hirta

Similar to butterflies, these beetles go through a complete metamorphosis. Although unlike butterflies, you probably wouldn't consider it pleasant if one were to cross your path.

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Ms. Scarlet

Ms. Scarlet

Genus: Dasymutilla 

Species: Gloriosa

The females are wingless and are covered in white hairs, this disguises them so that they look like seeds on a creosote bush (common bush in the southwestern deserts) protecting them from predators.

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Ms. Peacock

Ms. Peacock

Genus: Harrisina 

Species: Brillians

The larvae of these moths live on the underside of a plant leaf. If you were to brush up against the tiny little hairs of the larvae, you would likely have a rash for several days... although you probably wouldn't know the cause.

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Mr. Green

Mr. Green

Genus: Chrysina
Species: Gloriosa

Also known as the glorious beetle. You may wonder how it got that name. Some people think it's because tens of thousands of years ago, some cultures viewed the beetles' metallic coloring symbolic of the sun and illuminated sky.

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Colonel Mustard

Colonel Mustard

Genus: Anthonomus 

Species: Grandis thurberrae

If you were this weevil, you would probably be very familiar with one of the '5 C's of Arizona' -cotton. These weevils destroy almost 10% of the nation's cotton crop.

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Professor Plum

Professor Plum

Genus: Pepsis 

Species: Chrysothemus

Also known as the Tarantula Hawk. This wasp is one of the largest in size compared to other wasps and produces a painful sting that may be one of the most painful insect-produced stings known. It hunts a tarantula, paralyzes it and then drags it back to its' home to provide sustenance for developing larvae. I think it's safe to say you wouldn't want to be a tarantula.

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Mrs. White

Mrs. White

Genus: Bostrichidae 

Species: Apatides fortis

This beetle is also known as a powder-post beetle, it may be named because these guys will turn your wood into powder (not quite, but they are surely destructive). It has been advised to cut your fire wood at certain times of the year to avoid them... So next time your parents ask you to go outside and chop wood, you'll have a better explanation for why you can't.

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Trayectoria profesional de Ferran Garcia-Pichel

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Mostrar/Ocultar palabras que debes conocer

  • Diversos: que tiene una gran cantidad de variedad. Mostrando una amplia gama de diferentes cualidades.
  • Fascinado: que muestra un gran interés en un tema, objeto o persona.
  • Lúgubre: aburrido, aburrido, con poca vida.
  • Microorganismo: un ser vivo tan pequeños que necesitarías un microscopio para verlo.
  • Programa Fullbright: programa patrocinado por el Departamento de Estado de EE.UU., el programa Fulbright ofrece oportunidades para que los científicos y académicos para estudiar en otros países... más

Trayectoria profesional de Ferran Garcia-Pichel

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You can find products in your supermarket labeled “organic”. To get this label they have to follow guidelines from the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). NOP defines organic as follows: Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.

Grade Level: 12

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Biodiversity is short for biological diversity and refers to variety of life in all its forms, levels, and combinations including ecosystem diversity, species diversity, and genetic diversity. Genetic diversity is all the different genes contained in all individual plants, animals, fungi, and microorganisms. It occurs within a species as well as between species. Species diversity is all the differences within and between populations of species, as well as between different species.

Grade Level: 12

To learn more about ecosystems, try this link.

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