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Honeybees

Apis Mellifera

Sexes & Castes: Honey bees have three castes: drones, workers, and queens. Drones are male, while workers and queens are female.
Diet: Honey bees obtain all of their nutritional requirements from a diverse combination of pollen and nectar.
Reproduction: Once mated, queens may lay up to 2,000 eggs per day.

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Monarchs & Milkweed

Danaus Plexippus

Size: Wingspan of 8.9–10.2 cm (3+12–4 in)
Diet: Larvae feed exclusively on milkweed and consume protective cardiac glycosides.
Reproduction: They typically lay 300 to 500 eggs over a two- to five-week period.

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Snow Fleas

Hypogastrura Nivicola

Size: Size of a grain of pepper
Diet: Mostly plant eaters

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Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle

Cicindela Sexguttata

Size: The adult is 12–14 mm (1/2-5/8") in length
Diet: Small arthropods
Reproduction: The female lays her eggs in sandy patches, and the larvae burrow into the ground after they hatch.

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Ticks

Ixodida

Size: Adult ticks are approximately 3 to 5 mm in length
Diet: Ticks are ectoparasites and consume blood to satisfy all of their nutritional requirements.
Life Cycle: Egg, larva, nymph, and adult

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Bug Eyes

Looking At The World Through Bug Eyes

By Barbara Cummings, Interpretive Naturalist, Turkey Run & Shades State Parks

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